Red Wings forward Drew Miller signs with Scottish team
Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Detroit Red Wings forward Drew Miller has signed to play for the Braehead Clan in the Elite Ice Hockey League in Scotland but he’s just doing it for experience and not for serious income generation.
In fact, Miller’s agent, former NHL defenseman Jason Woolley, said the forward is paying for his insurance just to see some top-notch hockey action while the league’s labor impasse exists. Usually, teams which recruit NHL players pay for insurance against injuries.
“There’s not as many (European) jobs as you think available. He wanted to play and this opportunity came up,” said Woolley. “I think it’s healthy for the mind. It’s great experience to get away, away from the NHL, CBA and lockout talk. You can’t control anything, now you just go and play hockey.”
Woolley said Miller’s wife, Colleen, is joining him on the trip.
“Take your wife, go over and see that part of the world and chalk it up to experience. You may never get that opportunity again,” Woolley told Miller.
A former Michigan State standout, Miller scored a career-high 14 goals in 80 games last season for Detroit. In his five-year NHL career, Miller had played for the Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning before joining the Red Wings for the past three seasons.
Miller is expected to play this weekend as the Braehead Clan square off with the Dundee Stars and Edinburgh Capitals. He will be introduced as a member of the Clan Wednesday.
“Not only is this great for the team and the fans, but it is also a fantastic opportunity for the players to train and play in games with a guy who is a current NHL star,” a Braehead Clan spokesman said.