Patrick McMillan is similar to Andrew McMillan, who was profiled here on Monday, in so many ways. They’re brothers, so that’s all that really needs to be said about that. But like his brother, he’s got the drive to take his lacrosse game to the next level and he’s got his sights set on the National Lacrosse League. He’s got the muscle to work in areas lots of fellas are afraid of, and it’s that fearlessness along with the knowledge of what that work can mean for a team is what he’s hoping opens an NLL door. He’s got transition on his mind, whether it’s offense or defense and versatility like that is one sure way to get the attention of NLL brass. Whether that happens remains to be seen, but given the way he’s performed as a player and captain for the Kelowna Raiders, it’s a good guess his playing days aren’t finished.
In 14 regular season games this summer, McMillan carded 34 points on 18 goals and 16 assists while also being whistled for 28 PIM. Whether those PIMs were initiated or responses, we don’t know, but it’s usually a good indication that a young man is not afraid to stand up.
He rounded out his summer with 12 points (1-11) in 4 playoff games and like a captain leading by example, his 0 PIM in the playoffs shows he knows when to settle down and not take himself off the floor.
From: Kelowna, B.C.
Junior: Kelowna Jr. ‘B’ Raiders
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL?
I feel my greatest asset is using the size, strength and speed to get myself into the dirty areas on the floor and put myself and/or my teammates into a position to score. As well as my ability to play effectively at both ends of the floor.
One word to describe your game?
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL?
Transition/Offence. Someone who can go out the front gate and initiate transition or vice versa.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after?
Joel McCready is someone that I’ve tried to model my game after. The way that he uses his size and strength to get to the dirty areas and get his teammates open, but also be a constant threat on the floor. As well as having the gritty hardworking side to his game where he’s able to play both through the back gate and front.
Your greatest accomlishment during your lacrosse career?
Winning the TOJLL championships in 2011 and winning a silver medal the same year in provincials.
Having the opportunity to play with both of my brothers as well as being named a captain for my final year of junior.
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