Former Bulls Captain Signs in SPHLAugust 24th, 2018 at 9:30AM August 24th, 2018 2:43PM
Moline, Illinois- Former Bradford Bulls Captain, Dalton Mills has signed in the SPHL for the Quad City Storm!
Mills joined the Bulls in the 2012-2013 Season, the Bulls inaugural season in the GMHL. Mills was a leader for the team on and off the ice, and was known as one of the hardest workers in the league. Mills reputation earned him the honours of being named the first Captain in the Bulls franchise history. On the ice, Mills was a two-way forward and a workhorse. In his own end, he was defensively responsible, and he created offense on the other side of the ice as well. In his first season with the Bulls, Mills put up 18 Goals 17 Assists for 35 Points in 36 Regular Season Games Played, and 5 Goals 4 Assists for 9 Points in 8 Playoff Games. Although the Bulls didn’t finish high in the standings in 2012-2013, the Bulls, and especially Mills learned a lot in their first season. Mills returned the following season for the Bulls, and helped lead the Bulls to their best season in franchise history. In the season, the Bulls finished with a franchise best record of 32-6-4 for 4th Place in the GMHL and 1st Place in the South Division. Mills contributed 17 Goals 36 Assists for 53 Points in 37 Regular Season Games to the Bulls. The Bulls weren’t just satisfied with their Regular Season, and went into the playoffs hungry to win a championship. The Bulls swept their first three rounds consecutively versus Meaford, New Tecumseth, and Temiscaming, before meeting their rivals in the Finals, the Bradford Rattlers. The Bulls would go on to win the series in five games, winning their only Russell Cup Championship in franchise history. Mills helped lead the way to the Russell Cup posting 5 Goals 17 Assists for 22 Points in 15 Playoff Games Played. As a two-year Captain and Russell Cup Champion, Mills was ready to make the next step in his career, and committed to Concordia University, a NCAA III Hockey Program.
Mills struggled a little bit in his first year with Concordia University, posting 3 Goals 4 Assists for 7 Points in 21 Games Played. In his second year with Concordia, Mills faced more adversity, and dealt with injury throughout the season, posting 1 Goal 1 Assist for 2 Points in 14 Games Played. However, Mills was always a hard worker, and bounced back for his last two seasons with Concordia, recording 10 Goals 5 Assists for 15 Points in 27 Games, then recording 7 Goals 8 Assists for 15 Points in 26 Games. In total, Mills posted 21 Goals 18 Assists for 39 Points in 88 Games Played at the NCAA III level. After two seasons of GMHL hockey and four seasons of NCAA III hockey, Mills was ready to take the next step in his career. After working hard all summer, Mills was offered a spot on the Quad City Storm of the SPHL!
The SPHL is the fourth highest level of professional hockey in North America, behind the ECHL, the AHL, and the NHL. The SPHL is known for advancing its player through the ranks to each of these leagues, most notable among their alumni is current NHL and Carolina Hurricanes Goalie, Scott Darling. The GMHL is proud to see one of its alumni playing at this level of hockey, and we wish Mills continued success at the professional level!