By: Mason Detre
Ottawa, Ontario – The Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2 is proud to announced that Perth Blue Wings ’99 born captain Mack Miller is the winner of the 2019-20 CCHL2 Sportsmanship & Ability award.
Miller, 20, has been the captain of the Perth Blue Wings since the 2017-18 season, guiding his club to three consecutive 25+ win seasons. This season, the Kanata, Ontario native has 16 goals, to go along with a career high with 31 assists. He has 47 points in 43 games in his final year of junior hockey.
The former Kanata Laser has been a pure leader on and off the ice. Miller led his team to their first ever Barkley Cup since CCHL2 came into existence and their first championship since 1996. Head Coach of the Perth Blue Wings Michael McLean says he has been one of the best leader that he has ever seen.
“We have had the privilege of having Mack Miller as Team Captain for the past three years. Mack is an OUTSTANDING leader on and off the ice. He is one of the most mentally tough players, role models and leads to to ever wear a Blue Wings jersey. His leadership was paramount in our Barkley Cup Championship season. Mack is a future Perth Blue Wings Hall of Fame member.”
Mack Miller has won back-to-back Sportsmanship & Ability awards for the first time in CCHL Tier 2 history. Miller has been loved by the community off the ice according to McLean.
“Mack is the same player off the ice as he is on the ice. High character, honest, disciplined, hard working and RELENTLESS. He has been a tremendous lead off the ice and role model for young people in our community. He will go down as one of the greatest and most respected players in 89 years of Blue Wings hockey history in Perth,” said McLean on the Perth community outside the rink.
Miller and the Perth Blue Wings are going to the post-season for the fifth consecutive year. Under Michael McLean, the Blue Wings have two finals appearance and Perth won it all last season when they defeated the Ottawa Jr. Canadians in five games to claim the Barkley Cup. They will finish third place in the Richardson Division and will take on either Carleton Place or Westport in the Richardson Division Semi-Finals as the Blue Wings will look for back-to-back Barkley Cups.
Tonight, Perth travels to the Nick Smith Centre to take on the Arnprior Packers in their final regular season game before the Blue Wings start to prep for the 2020 CCHL2 playoffs.