July 29, 2015
Duncan Milroy was a second round pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, 37th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens.
Split between the Swift Current Broncos and the Kootenay Ice, Milroy had a fantastic junior career. The highlight had to be the spring of 2002 when he led the Ice to the Memorial Cup championship. He was named as the Western Hockey League's playoff MVP, leading all scorers in playoff goals, assists and points.
With that performance expectations rose as he was tabbed as an up and coming offensive star. He could skate and brought creativity to the ice.
Milroy turned pro in the Habs organization in 2003 and, after a slow start, would be a regular contributor to the AHL farm team, the Hamilton Bulldogs, through 2008. He helped the Bulldogs win the Calder Cup championship in 2007.
That season Milroy also got his only chance in the National Hockey League. Montreal called him up for a five game audition where he picked up a single assist.
It was a nice reward for Milroy, who worked hard in the minor leagues both on and off the ice. In 2005 he was recognized by the AHL for his community and charitable work as he was named as the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award winner.
The Habs let Milroy walk free after the 2008 season. He headed over to Europe to extend his career, playing in Germany, the Czech Republic and Norway, though he briefly tried resurrecting his North American career with the Minnesota Wild organization in 2009-10