July 27, 2017
Columbus, Ohio— Milica McMillen will be joining the Ohio State women’s hockey staff as an assistant coach. McMillen was a standout defenseman at Minnesota, graduating as one of the best and highest-scoring defensemen in program history.
“Ohio State women’s ice hockey team welcomes Milica McMillen to our family,” said head coach Nadine Muzerall. “Her success as a player and knowledge of the game will transition very well for what our players need. She has had great experiences with training hockey players to enhance their skill development. But more importantly, she has the right character and values that we are developing here at Ohio State with our culture. I’m excited to see the growth within our players both on and off the ice with Milica by our side.”
An All-American and All-WCHA honoree, McMillen brings a wealth of playing experience to the Buckeyes’ coaching staff. She suited up for the Golden Gophers 149 times, scoring 44 goals and dishing out 76 assists all while providing stellar defense as one of the team’s top blueliners. Her 120 career points are fourth all-time among Minnesota defensemen and her 44 goals are second all-time; she sits in the Top 10 in school history in goals, assists, points, and power play goals by a defenseman. She played in a national championship game in each of her four seasons, winning titles in 2013, 2015, and 2016.
McMillen earned All-WCHA honors in each of her final three seasons as well as All-WCHA Rookie Team distinctions her freshman season. As a sophomore in 2013-14 she was named a Second Team All-American after a 39 point season, the third-highest point total for a defensemen in the NCAA that season. That came one year after her 26 point debut season in which she scored 13 goals and earned an All-NCAA Tournament Team nod.
As a junior and senior, McMillen earned spots on the All-WCHA Second Team, combining for 20 goals and 35 assists as an upperclassman. An integral part of the Golden Gophers, the team compiled a record of 35-1-1 when she notched a point during her junior and senior campaigns. She concluded her career on March 20, 2016 with the third national championship in a 3-1 win over a previously undefeated Boston College team.
After her career with Minnesota, McMillen signed a deal to play with the New York Riveters of the NWHL. She played in 18 games during the 2016-17 season, scoring three goals and recording six assists while blocking 17 shots on a Riveters team that went 8-7-3.
Last season, under the direction of Muzerall, Ohio State turned in a record of 14-18-5, falling to North Dakota in the opening round of the WCHA Playoffs. The Buckeyes made a return to the national polls last year, receiving votes in both major polls and notching wins over ranked teams Bemidji State and North Dakota. They also came away with points from a No. 1-ranked Wisconsin team and defeated Minnesota in a shootout, the first such occurrence since Jan. 2014.