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Miller to serve as coach/GM of new USHL team

by Mike G. Morreale /

The United States Hockey League on Tuesday announced that Steve Miller, an associate coach at the University of Denver the past 20 years, will serve as the first coach and general manager of the league's new team in Madison, Wisc., which will begin play in the 2014-15 season.

As part of his responsibilities at Denver, Miller worked primarily with the defensemen and was the school's recruiting coordinator. In addition to on-ice coaching, he assists with video breakdown and game analysis.

The new Madison team marks the return of USHL hockey to the city after nearly 20 years. The city was first part of the league for 11 seasons (1984-95), competing as the Madison Capitols (1984-91) and the Wisconsin Capitols (1991-95). The Capitols won more than 200 games during their time in Madison, including a team record 33 games in the 1986-87 and 1988-89 seasons under coach Scott Owens, who now coaches Colorado College.

The team, which will be named soon, will be owned and operated by Madtown Hockey, LLC, a consortium of veteran and new USHL owners. The team will play home games at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center.

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