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Shannon Miller steps down as Calgary Inferno coach

Former University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey coach Shannon Miller stepped down as coach of the Calgary Inferno this week. (2014 file / News Tribune)

Former Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller has stepped down as coach of the Calgary Inferno, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League club announced Thursday afternoon.

Miller said she and general manager Kristen Hagg had “a difference of opinion on how things should run, and so I decided to step away and she will run the team the way she wants to run the team. It was a fairly amicable parting and, obviously, I wish them well.”

Added Miller, “I was hired to recruit a strong professional team and win. I did that and very much enjoyed coaching the team.”

The Inferno — with Olympic gold medalists like Brianna Decker and Kacey Bellamy, and former Bulldogs Zoe Hickel and Brigette Lacquette — are currently first in the six-team CWHL at 10-1-1 this season.

“The Inferno thank Shannon for her contributions to the program during her time with the team and wish her the best in her future endeavors,” Hagg said in a statement.

Miller, who has been involved in a lengthy legal battle with UMD over the end of her tenure coaching the Bulldogs from 1999 to 2015, was hired by the Inferno this summer.