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Guy Gadowsky Reconnects With Former High School Classmate And NHL Commentator Gord Miller During Notre Dame Series

Last weekend, two alumni of Strathcona High School in Edmonton, Alberta reconnected during Penn State hockey’s weekend series against No. 6 Notre Dame in South Bend.

Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky and NHL play-by-play commentator Gord Miller both attended Strathcona in the mid-1980s. Since their time in high school, the two have traveled down very different paths in the game of hockey.

Gadowsky found his niche coaching at the collegiate level with Princeton, Alaska-Fairbanks, and now Penn State, but he still has plenty of connections in and around the NHL. He hired Glen Gulutzan onto his staff of the now-defunct Fresno Falcons (WCHL) back in the late 1990s; today, Gulutzan is the head coach of the Calgary Flames. Over the summer, Gadowsky was invited to be a guest coach at Calgary’s training camp.

Gord Miller, meanwhile, began his broadcasting career in 1990 with CBC, the largest national network in Canada. Since moving on to TSN in 1993, he has called games nationally and regionally for Canada’s equivalent of ESPN. He also calls games in the World Junior Championships for TSN every year. Today, Miller still works with TSN, but calls nationally televised games in the United States for NBC Sports Network, too.

Throughout his career, he has called many Stanley Cup Playoff game sevens for national audiences in Canada and the United States. The most famous of his calls, however, came outside of the NHL in the 2009 World Junior Championship Semifinal between hosts Canada and Russia.

Last weekend, Miller commentated Notre Dame’s 1-0 victory over Penn State for NBC Sports Network. Prior to the game, Gadowsky and Miller reunited for a quick photo that morning, which gave Miller the opportunity to share a fun story about an interaction he had with Penn State’s bench boss on Twitter.

As Gadowsky recalled Monday afternoon, Miller was the student council president of Strathcona High School in Edmonton, Alberta. One of his responsibilities was to give incoming freshmen tours of the school and, as fate would have it, Gadowsky was part of one of his tours. Thirty-five years later, the two crossed paths once again.

“He was the school president of Strathcona High School,” Gadowsky said “When I was in junior high, we would go take tours of high schools. When went to take a tour of Strathcona, their president gave us a tour and that was Gord Miller.”

The tour was memorable to Penn State’s sixth-year head coach because of how quickly Miller’s career in commentary took off. After graduating from Strathcona, Miller covered the Edmonton Oilers for CBC, Canada’s largest national TV station, beginning in 1990. He joined TSN in 1993 and hasn’t looked back since.

“The reason I remember it is because shortly after that, his career took off,” Gadowsky added. “He was on CBC, which is a big thing in Canada. He was on the fast track and everybody [at Strathcona] knew who he was, so we all remembered him.”

Gadowsky clearly knows who Gord Miller is, but he doesn’t think Miller can say the same of him.

“He has no clue who I am,” he said. “The relationship is really one-way; I brag about my relationship with him, but he has no idea that I exist.”

Gadowsky’s Nittany Lions will try and bounce back from last weekend’s sweep against Notre Dame with two games on the west coast against Arizona State. Friday’s game will begin at 10 p.m. and the puck will drop at 9:05 p.m. Saturday.

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Mikey Mandarino

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