BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND, QUE.: Shaun Miller has had Dec. 9 circled on his QMJHL schedule calendar for weeks now.
When Miller and his Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (17-6-2-1) hit the ice at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax on Dec. 9 for a 7 p.m. tilt with the hometown Mooseheads (14-11-0-1), it will mark the first game he has played in his short QMJHL career before family and friends “at home.”
The Enfield native, who has amassed five goals and two assists in 11 games in a year that saw him miss a month-plus due to a high-ankle sprain, is looking forward to the game in Halifax.
“It’s always good to come home and play where you started your hockey career,” said Miller. “It’s going to be great to get to play before family and friends.”
Before he gets to Halifax, Miller and the Armada had three tough games on tab—Nov. 30 against Sherbrooke; Dec. 2 against Victoriaville, both on home ice, before a road game on Dec. 3 at Gatineau.
Miller spoke about what playing against the Mooseheads with family and friends there will mean to him.
“It’s going to be special,” he said in a Nov. 28 interview. “It will be an amazing experience to be on the ice and not in the stands and get to play with them watching.
“It’s something I’m looking forward to.”
After the game in Halifax, Blainville-Boisbriand will then travel to Moncton to face the Wildcats on Dec. 10 in a 4 p.m start before finishing the trip against the Sea Dogs in Saint John on Dec. 11 in a 3 p.m. puck drop.
Playing a good team game has led to the Armada’s recent success, which included Miller picking up a second star of the game for a two goal outing upon his return from injury.
“I’m contributing in all zones and playing my role and doing what the coaches want me to do,” he said. “I’ve bounced back better than ever and hopefully we keep getting better.”
His mom Dorinda MacIsaac said the family is thrilled to get to see Miller play “at home” even if it means they won’t get to spend much time with him. But if he did get home for an afternoon, what type of special home cooking would she feed him?
“Some good spaghetti would be in order,” she said.
Dorinda said there will be lots of support in the crowd at Scotiabank Centre for Miller.
“It will be a special night with three grandparents there to cheer him on,” she said.
Miller knows he alot to be grateful for to get this chance to perform before the home fans.
“If it wasn’t for my family and my friends we’d never be having this conversation,” said Miller. “I can’t thank my family enough for the sacrifices they made top put me into this situation to be able to play at this level and do what I do.”
He’s hoping to give them some payback at the expense of the Mooseheads on Dec. 9.
“I guess I’m always hoping for some goals, but we’ll take it step by step and just go out and have a good game,” said Miller.