By: Dante De Caria
Ottawa, Ontario – The Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2 is pleased to announce that Perth Blue Wings ’99 born captain Mack Miller is the winner of the 2018-19 CCHL2 Sportsmanship & Leadership award.
Miller, 19, has been the captain of the Perth Blue Wings since the 2017-18 season, guiding his club to back-to-back 25+ win seasons. This season, the Kanata, Ontario native has set career highs in goals (24) and points (49) while playing in 41-games thus far.
The former Kanata Lasers farmhand is a pure leader, both on and off the ice. As the captain of the Blue Wings organization, Miller is involved in the Perth community and in the locker room with his teammates. He bleeds blue and has been an integral part of Head Coach Michael McLean’s squad and success since the 2016-17 season.
Miller’s teammate Dylan Sharpley says there is no one else around the league that deserves this award more than him.
“Mack is a teammate and captain you just want to play hard for. His integrity on the ice, is the exact same off the ice,” said Sharpley. He has a constant hard working attitude and extreme thoughtfulness to everyone around him, making him extremely deserving of this award. Mack is a player and person that everyone should aspire to be.”
Miller has been loved by the fans since he stepped foot into the Perth Arena as a 17-year-old at the start of the 2016-17 season.
“You can mix in that everyone in the community loves him due to his work off the ice, which resulted in a 7-year-old even naming his fish after him and his efforts volunteering for Movemeber being the cover boy of the fundraiser,” added Sharpley on how he has embraced being part of the community of Perth.
Miller and the Perth Blue Wings are going to the post-season for the fourth straight year. Under Michael McLean, they have one finals appearance which came in 2015-16, but have not been past the second round since. They are currently tied for first in the CCHL2’s standings with 55-points. They’ll play Richmond and Casselman in their final two regular season games.
Miller Photo Below: Jason Code