ST. CLOUD, MN – St. Cloud State University hockey coach Bob Motzko has never been hung up on the size of his forwards. Take for example, the all-time leading scorer, Ryan Lasch who measured 5’8″ (generously speaking) and maybe 150 pounds soaking wet when he arrived at SCSU in 2006-07. He went on to accumulate 79 goals and 104 assists for 183 points in four seasons. Or Garrett Roe, another diminutive forward who ended up third on the all-time scoring list with 65-113-178. And then there was Jon Cullen and current Husky David Morley, both over 100 points in their career. In college hockey, speed and skill can take you far and Coach Motzko has a keen eye when it comes to recruiting players that fit his style of offensive play. SCSU hockey is known for quick transition, puck movement and the freedom to improvise which makes for an exciting brand of hockey. And, although the coaching staff can’t comment publicly it appears they’ve added another forward that should thrive in this system.
It surfaced last week via Twitter and GRHSHockey.com that junior forward Micah Miller (Remer, MN) has selected St. Cloud State University for his college hockey future. The 5’9″ 175 pound forward recently dazzled fans and scouts alike with his explosive speed and quick release during the 2016 Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament. Miller was certainly one of the most talked about and exciting players in the tourney and led his Grand Rapids High School team to a third place finish scoring 2 goals, 1 assist and placing 13 shots on goal in three games. He finished third on his team in scoring behind three seniors including Mitchell Mattson, a North Dakota recruit. For the 2015-16 season (including playoffs) Miller compiled 18 goals and 20 assists for 38 points in 30 games for the Thunderhawks. Also impressive was his 33% shooting percentage, 4 power play goals and 3 short-handed goals.
Miller was selected by the Madison Capitals in the 2015 Phase II USHL draft. Miller plans to return to Grand Rapids High School for his senior season in 2016-17 and then play a year of junior hockey thereafter.