Bonnyville Pontiacs assistant coach, T.J. Millar, has accepted a role with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL), the team announced on Thursday (August 26).
Millar will be working with the Maple Leafs new Coaching Development Program that begins this 2021-2022 season. It is an opportunity that Millar is excited for, as he expressed in a team media release.
“This is the most exciting day of my life,” said T.J. Millar. “I cannot thank the Bonnyville Pontiacs organization enough, from head coach Rick Swan to assistant coach Neil Langridge, and to all the players, fans, billets, and volunteers, thank you for being part of my journey.”
The Coaching Program will offer Millar on and off-ice mentorship opportunities, provided by head coach Sheldon Keefe and his staff, along with the Leafs’ player development staff, the organization’s ECHL and AHL (American Hockey League) coaching staffs, and others.
Millar has been coaching in the AJHL with the Pontiacs since 2018-19, taking a lead role with the team’s defence and team video. He also spent two seasons with the Nipawin Hawks, winning the SJHL (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League) title in 2017-18.