Calgary, AB (June 23) – The Calgary Inferno are thrilled to announce Shannon Miller as head coach for the 2018-19 season.
Shannon has an impressive resume of success, led by her reputation as an outstanding coach and mentor in the hockey world. She will return to Calgary after spending 16 years as an NCAA five-time national championship coach for the University of Minnesota Duluth. During her time in US College hockey, Miller won more national championships than any other coach and built a uniquely international program.
“This will feel a bit like coming home,” stated Miller, a native of Melfort, Saskatchewan.
Miller worked as a Police Officer for the City of Calgary for 10 years and was one of three women who started the first ever girls’ minor hockey team in Calgary. Miller coached girls minor hockey, junior and senior women’s hockey in Calgary. Coach Miller started the Olympic Oval Women’s Hockey High Performance training program and also was the assistant coach of the gold medal winning Team Alberta at the 1991 Canada Winter Games. Miller also resided in Calgary while she coached with Team Canada from 1991-1998 winning three World Championship Gold medals and an Olympic Silver.
“I respect the league that many people have worked hard to build, attracting the best players in the world, and I’m honoured to move back to Calgary and be a part of it,” added Miller in conversation with Inferno general manager Kristen Hagg.
“Growing up in Alberta in the ‘90s, I am familiar with Shannon’s history here and have followed her accomplishments since then,” stated Hagg, the former Inferno forward now heading into her third season as the team’s general manager. “It is pretty surreal to now have an opportunity to work alongside her.”
Tomas Pacina served as the Inferno head coach in the 2017-18 season and stepped down at the end of the season.
“We were saddened to learn that Tomas would not be returning. He was extremely committed and did a great job with our team last season. We thank him for everything he brought to our organization and look forward to the next chapter with yet another great coach,” added Hagg.
There is no doubt that Miller will fit into the Inferno community with the team’s focus right in her wheelhouse. The team has established the Junior Inferno Program with Girls Hockey Calgary to build the next generation of players and promote the sport in the community.
The Inferno are exploring the free agent market and will look to further build their roster for next season at the CWHL Draft, held on Sunday, August 26 in Toronto.