Milica McMillen joined the Ohio State women’s hockey staff as an assistant coach in July 2017. McMillen was a standout defenseman at Minnesota, graduating as one of the highest-scoring defensemen in program history. The 2017-18 season will be her first with the Buckeyes.
An All-American and All-WCHA honoree, McMillen brings a wealth of playing experience to the Buckeyes’ coaching staff. She suited up for the Golden Gophers 149 times, scoring 44 goals and dishing out 76 assists all while providing stellar defense as one of the team’s top blueliners. Her 120 career points are fourth all-time among Minnesota defensemen and her 44 goals are second all-time; she sits in the Top 10 in school history in goals, assists, points, and power play goals by a defenseman. She played in a national championship game in each of her four seasons, winning titles in 2013, 2015, and 2016.
McMillen earned All-WCHA honors in each of her final three seasons as well as All-WCHA Rookie Team distinctions her freshman season. As a sophomore in 2013-14 she was named a Second Team All-American after a 39 point season, the third-highest point total for a defensemen in the NCAA that season. That came one year after her 26 point debut season in which she scored 13 goals and earned an All-NCAA Tournament Team nod.
As a junior and senior, McMillen earned spots on the All-WCHA Second Team, combining for 20 goals and 35 assists as an upperclassman. An integral part of the Golden Gophers, the team compiled a record of 35-1-1 when she notched a point during her junior and senior campaigns. She concluded her career on March 20, 2016 with the third national championship in a 3-1 win over a previously undefeated Boston College team.
After her career with Minnesota, McMillen signed a deal to play with the New York Riveters of the NWHL. She played in 18 games during the 2016-17 season, scoring three goals and recording six assists while blocking 17 shots on a Riveters team that went 8-7-3.