In the pros: McMillin, Sterling headed to Europe

Published: June 14, 2013, 1:39 pm, by Joe Paisley

200px-HV71_Logo.svgFormer Tigers Brian McMillin and Brett Sterling are headed to Europe to continue their professional careers.

Sterling, an AHL standout with the Chicago Wolves is headed to Husqvarna Vätterstad 1971 (called HV71 or HV) in Sweden. The club is based in Jonkoping and plays in the Swedish elite league Elitserien (internationally known as the SEL). He is one of two North American imports on the team, joining 1999 Hobey Baker winner Jason Krog.

Sterling has appeared in 30 NHL games (nine points, five goals) over a seven-year professional career, mostly in the AHL.

McMillin, the league playoff MVP for the CHL champ Allen Americans, will play for the Coventry Blaze in Great Brittain’s Elie Ice Hockey League.

McMillin has 89 points in 154 CHL games for Allen over three seasons after starting in the ECHL with Kalamazoo (one assists, 17 games).

McMillin“I am very excited about making the move to Coventry. I can’t wait to get things going,” McMillin told the Coventry Telegraph. “Winning my first pro championship in overtime of a Game Seven was definitely an incredible feeling, one I hope to experience again soon. Winning the play-off MVP was just the cherry on the top.

“I take a lot of pride in being a consistent, two-way player. I’m not flashy but I will find a way to get the job done. I hope to help improve the team in both ends of the ice as well as on the PP and PK. My only goal for next year is to help bring championships back to Coventry.”

“He has a big upside and will have a lot more responsibility with us and can go to another level,” Blaze coach Matt Soderstrom said. “He is a team player and does everything well. Brian will compliment our other forwards and we expect 20-plus goals from him next season.”

“We think Brian will be a perfect fit for us,” director of hockey operations Paul Thompson said. “All the feedback we got on him was positive. He is a guy who is dependable and will be the glue around our offensive talent.”