It didn’t take long for Rowan Miller to make the jump to Jr A. The Scottsdale, Arizona native signed with the Powell River Kings of the BCHL recently, the second Cougar to make the jump from last season, Darwin Lakoduk being the other signing with the Victoria Grizzlies. Miller spent his last season with the South Island Royals of the BC Major Midget League and affiliating with the Cougars. Miller committed to the Cougars early in March of this year to which he attributes his success and ability to jump to the BCHL.
“I really wanted to play Jr A hockey this year and use that experience to improve as a player by playing against bigger, stronger, faster guys,” said Miller. “Suneil encouraged me to go to Powell River’s camp in Kamloops and by the end of it I knew I wanted to be a King. I learned so much in those few days from the coaches, and I knew I could improve as a player if I was in that situation full time.”
Head Coach Suneil Karod, an assistant with Powell River, encouraged Miller to attend the combine style camp in Kamloops where new Head Coach and General Manager of the Kings had an opportunity to see Miller play.
Karod has a long history with the Kings new bench Boss, Tyler Kuntz, spanning over 15 years.
“Having coached there (Powell River) and worked with Tyler in the past I felt it would be a good fit for him,” said Karod. “I feel with Tyler’s style of coaching, he will be a good coach for him. When we affiliated Miller last season I was very impressed with his hockey smarts, it’s something you can’t teach. We worked with him throughout the year when we could. I spoke with Miller, after Brody (Coulter) recruited him, and told him he should think about the Kings program. We’re very happy for him and I know he’ll do well up there.”
The Victoria Cougars have moved on four players from last season, two to Junior A and two to the ACHA, and are expecting a few more.
“Lakoduk and Miller will do well and I’m not expecting them to come back. I think they’ll impact and contribute to their teams. I’m proud of our organizations continued ability to move players onto the next level, be it collegiate hockey or Jr A and have them stay and be impact players. I’m hopeful that we’ll get at least one more commitment to Jr. A and one more to the ACHA.”
Victoria will hold their Main Camp August 17-19 and are still looking to fill roster spots.