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Junior hockey: Cloquet native Millen to coach Wilderness

Cloquet native Corey Millen was named head coach of the Minnesota Wilderness on Thursday as the team prepares to make its debut in the North American Hockey League in the 2013-14 season.

A former high school standout at Cloquet and in college with the Minnesota Gophers, Millen played with five NHL teams in a 14-year professional career.

"It is a great opportunity because of the people I know and knowledge I have of the area," Millen said in a news release. "The location of the Wilderness is very exciting because the league continues to grow its footprint into areas that are passionate about hockey and located close to so many NCAA schools. I think it will give us a great chance to be successful on the ice and also at moving players on to the next level."

The Wilderness, under coach Rod Aldoff, won the Superior International Junior Hockey League again this season and currently are playing in the Royal Bank Cup on Prince Edward Island. The Wilderness will take on the Brooks Bandits in a semifinal at noon Saturday.