Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Former Nanook MacMillan Joins Denver Staff

Former University of Alaska Fairbanks forward and coach Tavis MacMillan is joining the University of Denver coaching staff as an assistant.

MacMillan, 44, an Alberta native who tied for the 1993-94 NCAA Division I scoring lead with UAF teammate Dean Fedorchuk with 74 points, heads to Colorado after serving as an NHL scout with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets organization since the 2007-08 NHL campaign.

Prior to becoming a scout, MacMillan spent the previous 10 seasons on Alaska Fairbanks' coaching staff. He served as head coach from 2004 to 2007, and led the Nanooks to wins over three different No. 1 ranked schools in his second season behind the bench, en route to winning 46 games in his tenure.

MacMillan played professionally with San Jose (RHI), Alaska (WCHL), and Greensboro (ECHL) after graduating from UAF. In four collegiate seasons in Fairbanks, he collected 56 goals and 136 assists for 192 points to go with 235 penalty minutes, including a career-high 23 goals and 51 assists as a senior. He was inducted into the Nanook Hall of Fame in 2009.

MacMillan is no stranger to Denver, which last won NCAA hockey titles in 2004 and 2005. His uncle, John, won two national titles (1958, 1960) while playing forward for the Pioneers, and later earned two Stanley Cup titles with the Toronto Maple Leafs before later finishing his pro career with San Diego (WHL).

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