Northern Ontario’s Colin Miller scores a goal in Las Vegas Golden Knights victory over Washington Capitals

Sault Ste. Marie born Miller only Northern Ontario player in Stanley Cup Finals 2018

No. 6 Colin Miller, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario born defenceman for the Las Vegas Golden Knights tenaciously checks a Winnipeg Jets player. Photo courtesy of

By Frank Giorno

Northern Ontario’s Colin Miller of the Las Vegas Golden Knights made his presence noticed in the opening game of the Stanley Club Finals 2018, by scoring the first goal in the Golden Knights 6-4 victory over the Washington Capitals, in the first game of the seven games series to determine the NHL champions.

If you are looking for a reason to cheer for the upstart “miracle” Las Vegas Golden Knights, look no further than defenceman No. 6 Colin Miller, from Sault Ste. Marie, the only Northern Ontario born player in the Stanley Cup Finals.

This All-America affair between Las Vegas and Washington will guarantee that no Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup since the Montreal Canadiens accomplished the feat in 1993. That is a quarter century ago – 25 years.

But despite having no Canadian team in the Stanley Cup, there are plenty of Canadians on both teams to cheer for and be proud.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights have 23 Canadian-born players on their roster, while the Washington Capitals have eight.

If you are looking to cheer for a team with the most Northern Ontario born players, the pickings are slim.

This year there is only one Northern Ontario player vying for Lord Stanley’s mug and that would be Colin Miller from Sault Ste. Marie playing for the Miracle Las Vegas Golden Knights, who are the first modern team to have made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals in this its first year in the league.

Colin Miller, defenceman for the Las Vegas Golden Knights is one of 23 Canadians on the Golden Knights roster. Photo courtesy of

Colin Miller No.6 Las Vegas Golden Knights

Miller is a third year NHL defenceman having previously played two seasons for the Boston Bruins prior to Las Vegas claiming him in the expansion draft


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Frank Giorno

Frank Giorno Frank Giorno lives in Timmins, Ontario. He is a graduate of York University (Honors B.A Political Science) and Ryerson School of Journalism (B.A. Journalism). Frank has worked as a city hall reporter for the Brandon Sun; freelanced for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. He is the past editor of and the newsletter of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers. Frank has also worked as Research Director for the Canadian Environmental Law Association; Senior Communications Advisor on Water Quality Issues for the Ministry of the Environment; Public Affairs Associate for Region of Peel Public Works; and Media Relations Officer for Toronto Public Health. In Timmins, he served as the Communications Manager for Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre/Five Nations Energy Project on Energy Conservation. He freelanced for Frank is a published author of essays on the internment of Italian-Canadians during World War 2, “Internee 328: Camp Petawawa” co-written with James McCreath appears in “Beyond Barbed Wire” (Guernica Editions 2012). He has published four books of poetry, My Nation is a Train...Wreck (2017, Northern Voices Publications), MoPoPoMo (2016, Northern Voices Publications), “Elvis in America,” and “Arrivederci! Plastic Covered Couch ( 2006, 2008 Lyricalmyrical Press)”.

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