Miron had no NHL level experience as an executive when the Rockies hired him as their general
manager in 1976. All of his experience as coach and GM came in the old Central Hockey League,
having coached the Tulsa Oilers and the Oklahoma City Blazers, and was also the president of the
League at the time the Rockies hired him.
Because of his roots, I thought the Rockies served more as a way to get some of the players he coached
and watched in the CHL into the NHL than anything.
He also had a revolving door behind the bench. If you thought Lou Lamoriello was bad as far as the
turnover for coaches, Miron's was worse. In his five years in Denver, five different coaches, the longest
serving being Pat Kelly, who he knew from... guess where? (Of course, Kelly WAS the most successful
of the bunch. He did get the Rockies into the playoffs.) And of course, the most controversial being Don
Cherry, who did not get along with Miron at all.
My conclusion: At first, I didn't see him as someone that had a lot of patience when it comes to running a
team. In fact, almost nil. His ultimatum to the team in the early months of the 76-77 season stands out.
"Get your act together, or get demoted." But then again, information on him has been scant, as well. I did
find a Denver Post article from late 2010 about his time as GM. In it, Miron did say that he wanted to
build the team young (nothing wrong with that), but upper management wanted instant results, meaning
veterans. Things were a mess already from the Kansas City days, and a clash with his bosses hindered
his trying to fix it, I guess.
Most of the rest of the info I found is about his post-NHL venture: being the co-founder of the new
Central Hockey League in 1992 with the late Bill Levins. He founded the league under the concept of
central ownership of all the teams. Seems pretty self-serving to me, but Major League Soccer was the
same way for its first few years, so it is what it is.
He sold the league in 2000 and retired from hockey. He lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma until his death in 2015.
He had also won the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2004 for his contributions to hockey in America.
The CHL's championship trophy was named after him. (The Ray Miron President's Cup.)
|Joseph Rodolph Miron
Born: 3.20.29 Cornwall, Ontario
Died: 8.28.15 Tulsa, Oklahoma