– Head Coach, General Manager of Hockey Operations
Millen, born and raised in Cloquet, MN, played at the University of Minnesota and is the Golden Gophers 3rd All-Time leading scorer. The forward recorded 241 points (119 goals, 122 assists) in 149 career games and served as team captain during the 1986-87 season. Following his four years at the University of Minnesota, Millen played 14 seasons in the NHL including NHL stints with the New York Rangers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames. Millen is also a two time Olympian, competing during the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo and the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary. Millen has worked at the collegiate level and coached in the USHL, and won the North American Hockey League championship in 2015 with the NAHL’s Minnesota Wilderness.
Schlie is in his first season in St. Cloud after serving as an assistant coach at Valor Christian High School in Colorado over the last five seasons. Schlie spent the 2018-19 hockey season as an assistant coach with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) helping lead the Bucs to the 2nd round of the USHL Playoffs.
The Littleton, Colorado native grew up playing Tier II hockey for Front Range Amateur Hockey Association, before advancing to play at the Tier I hockey for the Colorado Thunderbirds. Following his youth hockey career, Eric attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving his B.A. in Psychology, while playing for the University of Colorado ACHA Div. I team.
Kuster, a 2020 St. Cloud State University graduate, recently completed his pro career winning a Southern Professional Hockey League championship with Pensacola, and enters the coaching ranks with the Norsemen to start the 2021-22 campaign.
Kuster was a five-year defensemen and captain at SCSU and earned high academic honors from both the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) and College of Sports Information Directors (CoSIDA). Kuster was a five-time NCHC All-Academic Team honoree and earned First Team All-District and Third Team Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA. Prior to the 2019-20 season, Kuster was a member of St. Cloud State’s conference championship teams in 2015-16, 2017-18 and 2019-20. The St. Louis, Missouri native played junior hockey for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League (USHL) from 2012-15, racking up 62 points in 162 games.
Samargia is the founder and owner of Attitude Goaltending Inc., a Minnesota-based hockey goaltending coaching staff. As a player, Samargia attended Eveleth-Gilbert High School where he contributed in winning the 1998 State Championship. He then played in the USHL before attending the University of Minnesota from 1999-2001. Samargia completed his college hockey career at Augsburg College from 2001-2003 where he was named All-MIAC Honorable Mention in 2002 and 2003. After college, Pete played professionally in the UHL from 2003-2004. He has been the goalie coach for multiple high schools throughout the Twin Cities since 2005, the University of Minnesota Women’s Goalie Coach in 2007, Augsburg College Men’s Goalie Coach from 2008-2012, USHL Cedar Rapids Roughriders Goalie Coach from 2008-2010 and he also coached for the USA Hockey National Camp from 2009-2013. Pete is also currently on staff as the goalie coach for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints.
Mike Casale is a native of Hamilton, Ontario and resides in Pennsylvania. An OHL draft pick, Casale played five years of Canadian junior hockey and is an NCAA Division III 2018 graduate of Salem State College, where he served two years as a team captain. Casale played professional hockey in the SPHL for two seasons and spent two preseasons in the ECHL.