Duluth, Minn. -- Community service isn't something that the UMD athletics department necessarily boasts as much as a big win or a solid box score… but it is something that the university has instilled into their student athletes as a major part of their college athletics experience.
A recipient of both the Pat Francisco Community Service Award and the Shjon Podein award, UMD men's hockey senior Jade Miller has been involved in a number of different community service projects and volunteer opportunities during his time at UMD. The Minto, North Dakota native spent time as a coach with the Minnesota Wild Special Hockey program which is a program for kids and adults with special needs. Miller has also paid regular visits to hospitals in Duluth, Superior, the Twin Cities and Buffalo, N.Y. AND he has spent the final two years of his collegiate career as a chapel leader for the team.
When asked about all the things he was involved in, Miller was quick to say that that is just how the Bulldogs do things around here.
"I think when people come into UMD, their goal is to be better hockey players and I think the coaches do a good job of making sure that you are better people by the time you leave school. And I think that I saw that my freshman year and that kind of became the focal point for me as obviously with how big hockey is in this town, you can kind of use it as a platform to go out of your way and help other people and put a smile on their face. And whether it's for four years and they don't know who you are hopefully setting a good example for guys to follow," said Miller.