KATIE MILLION - WCHA VICE PRESIDENT AND WOMEN'S LEAGUE COMMISSIONER
Katie Million, an experienced and visionary leader with a proven track record of accelerating exposure, partnerships and revenue, was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Vice President and Women's League Commissioner on July 21, 2016.
Among her executive duties with ORDA, Million led, organized and directed logistical, operational and administrative assets surrounding all events, while also coordinating and leading marketing, promotion and sponsorship efforts. During her tenure, she developed relationships with such corporate partners as Disney (and ESPN), Turner Sports and Red Bull, along with a multitude of national and international governing bodies.
Most recently, Million undertook a contract role as general manager of the 1980 Miracle Hockey Team, assuming responsibility for managing the professional reputation and branding of the sport's most iconic and cherished team. She rose to that level after coordinating all aspects of the last two "Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camps" and the widely-lauded "Miracle on Ice 35th Anniversary Celebration" events in 2015.
Million has served as an adjunct lecturer at Paul Smith's College in Paul Smiths, N.Y. for the last six years, while she also managed the Venue Communication Center at the Whistler (B.C.) Sliding Centre during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Since 2005, she has managed the Songs at Mirror Lake Music Series – a Lake Placid-based nonprofit, volunteer-based community group she helped create. Million earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from State University of New York at Oswego.
Million and her husband, John, reside in Minneapolis.
"The WCHA has made a tremendous selection in hiring Katie Million to serve as commissioner of its Women's League. She is a consummate professional who brings great enthusiasm and a tremendous work ethic to her new role. Quite simply, Katie gets things done. More importantly, she is a first-class individual with strong character and integrity. Katie will be a great representative of the WCHA." – Steve Hagwell, Commissioner, ECAC Hockey
"Katie has done an excellent job developing and managing the professional reputation of the 1980 Miracle Hockey Team, and creating a memorable experience for everyone involved at our annual 'Fantasy Camp.' The 1980 Miracle Hockey Team congratulates Katie on this incredible opportunity to lead the development and advancement of women's college hockey as the new WCHA Women's League commissioner." – Steve Janaszak, 1980 U.S. Olympian
"I am thrilled to have Katie on board at the WCHA. She has wonderful and infectious enthusiasm for providing the very best experience for the student-athletes, while her successes in enhancing brands, managing large-scale events and developing partnerships speak for themselves. I look forward to collaborating with Katie in the continued growth and excellence of the WCHA." – Bill Robertson, President and Men's League Commissioner, WCHA