Milan's Fortunes on Rise

Neil Hodge, Moncton Times & Transcript

It's really a remarkable story when you look at the big picture.

Daniel Milan cracked the Moncton Wildcats' roster on a free agent tryout and was named to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League All-Rookie Team last season. That earned him a free agent invitation to a National Hockey League training camp this season.

The 19-year-old defenceman impressed the Tampa Bay Lightning so much that last week they signed him to a three-year contract. He's back in Moncton now, but if he continues to develop as expected look for him to begin his professional career next season.

"It's a proud day for the Milan family, but it's also a proud day for the Wildcats and the Quebec League," said Moncton head coach Danny Flynn. "Two seasons ago, he was playing high school hockey in a league that had never produced a major junior player.

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