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.
ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH
While on the ice for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mitchell brought home the National Championship in 2006 with runner-up honors in 2010 and earned the Otto Breitenbach “Most Improved” Player of the Year award. After his Badger playing days, Mitchell signed an NHL contract with the Anaheim Ducks and played in over 200 professional games before transitioning into coaching roles. John’s coaching career began with Team Wisconsin U18 in 2015 and University School of Milwaukee in 2018 before joining the Milwaukee Power for the 2021-2022 season. Mitchell joined the Power as an assistant and became head coach for the 2022-2023 season.
STUDENT ASST. COACH
The Norsemen will also have Michael Holenko on the bench this season as he joins the team in the role of student assistant coach. Holenko is a junior at St. Cloud State University this fall where he is studying Sports Management with a double minor in Business and Athletic Coaching. He is already very involved in hockey in Delano where he has worked as a program supervisor for their youth and adult recreational hockey programs and coaching Peewee A hockey. Coach Millen knows that while younger and still a student, Holenko will provide a good perspective and unique skill set to the organization. “He’s really eager to learn, really loves coaching, loves the game of hockey, and those things are really good attributes to have,” Millen describes Holenko.
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.