COLUMBUS, Ohio - With the conclusion of his career in a Marian sweater, defenseman Scott Milnthorp has been signed by the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).
"It's always been a dream of mine to play professional hockey and this would have never happened without my experience at Marian," commented Milnthorp. "I'm beyond excited for this opportunity and Marian created the necessary exposure that I needed. I want to thank the players and coaches who have made this all possible. Without the help of the coaches I wouldn't have been provided this opportunity to play for the Columbus Cottonmouths."
Milnthorp (Calgary, Alta.) played in 108 career games at Marian totaling 13 goals and 41 assists for 54 points. In his final season, he scored five goals with 11 assists for a total of 16 points, while also serving as a co-captain for the team. His best game this past season came in a 7-1 win over Finlandia where he lit the lamp twice and assisted a goal to finish with three points to earn D3Hockey.com Team of the Week recognition.
"I am beyond excited for Scott and the opportunity he has been presented," commented head men's hockey coach Lincoln Nguyen. "Scott is someone who does things the right way and instills the culture we set in place. I want to thank Scott for the commitment and leadership he provided to our program as we took another step forward this year."
The Columbus Cottonmouths play out of the 10-team SPHL and have 15 games remaining this season. Columbus is 14-23 this season with three overtime losses for a total of 31 points and have the eighth-best scorer in the league in Keegan Bruce. On the defensive side, the Cottonmouths have the sixth highest scorer in the SPHL in Petr Senkerik.