Moose Jaw Warriors
After a successful season, the Moose Jaw Warriors locked up two members of their management to long-term deals.
The hockey club announced multi-year extensions to Alan Millar and Corey Nyhagen.
The Warriors also officially named Millar as the hockey club’s General Manager after successfully bringing the team to the playoffs in his second season with the team as Director of Hockey Operations.
“Alan has all the experience, but as a General Manager, he just knows how the hockey operations and the business side run,” explained Chad Taylor, President of the Moose Jaw Warriors. “Really at the end of the day, Alan had already been doing this already, so this just makes it final.”
Millar was handed the title of Director of Hockey Operations prior to the Warriors moving into Mosaic Place.
“When we hired Alan, we were looking for a Director of Hockey Operations and we didn’t want to bog him down with the new rink,” stated Taylor. “Now that we’ve occupied the rink for a year and everything is back to normal, we can move on to the next step of our plan and move on to the proper structure of a WHL franchise.”
Taylor and the hockey club are excited to be able to extend Millar’s contract with the Warriors, as he feels his experience can lead the franchise to be among the best in the Western Hockey League.
“Alan is a great guy. He has almost 30 years experience…it’s just a natural fit for the whole organization,” said Taylor. “He is probably by far the best general manager that we’ve ever had. When you get a guy that valuable, you keep him as long as you can.”
Also receiving a multi-year extension was Corey Nyhagen, Director of Business Operations.
Nyhagen was a major part of the committee that brought the Warriors to Mosaic Place last year. He also led the hockey club to the WHL’s Business and Marketing award this season.
“He is Alan’s right hand man and carries out the day-to-day things,” Taylor said. “Corey is very valuable to this franchise and we’ve had an incredible year.”
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