MONTREAL, QC.: Shaun Miller is excited to be joining the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Miller, of Enfield, was one of three players and a draft pick sent to the Screaming Eagles by the Armada in exchange for New Minas native Drake Batherson, fresh off leading Canada to gold at the IIHF World Junior championships, and a sixth round pick. The deal had been reported on for about a week, but couldn’t be made official until after the World Juniors concluded in Buffalo.
As he awaited his flight to Sydney shortly after the news of the trade was made official, Miller said he had nothing but praise for the Armada who drafted the former Cole Harbour Wolfpack major midget sniper in the fourth round in 2015. He has spent two-and-a-half years with the team.
“I grew and met a lot of people I’ll never forget from my time with the Armada,” he said. “My time in Blainville was nothing short of amazing. They’re a class one organization. I was treated the way I wanted to be and I wish them nothing but the best down the road.”
The forward has two goals and nine assists in 18 games this season—one that has been hindered by an injury that kept him out of the lineup earlier this season.
Miller is looking forward to suiting up with the Eagles. He is set to wear #13, and was scheduled to play right wing on the second line in his debut Jan. 7 against Baie Comeau.
“It’s pretty exciting as another step in my career,” he said. “I think it’s going to be good for me. I’m excited to get there and meet the guys and the organization.”
While the trade was rumoured to take place, Miller said he just focused on playing strong with the Armada and let the chips fall where they may.
“There’s always going to be stuff flying around on the Internet and there’s not much anyone can do to control what’s going on in the social media,” he said. “You just have to stay focused on what you need to do and put all the other stuff aside.”
He’s excited to be closer to home as well and to get to participate in the good ole Battle of Nova Scotia with the Eagles and rival Halifax Mooseheads.
“It’s always exciting to come home and play in buildings you grew up going to and see the same scenery,” said Miller. “It’s going to be exciting for me.”
Miller leaves the top team in the QMJHL in the Armada for the Eagles, who are ranked 13th in the 18 team league. But he said he’s not disappointed as one may expect.
“There’s no disappointment,” said Miller. “I know Cape Breton is an amazing organization and they only strive for the best. They have a good young team and I’m excited to start taking steps with them and move up towards top of the league with them.”
Miller’s first taste of the Battle of Nova Scotia will come on Jan. 19 when the Eagles travel to Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.
“I grew up watching that my whole life and going to the Metro Centre,” he said. “I might not be cheering for the same team anymore, the Battle of Nova Scotia is something I could dream of playing in.
“I’m excited to get there and experience what it’s like to play in that game.”