The native of Surrey, B.C., started officiating when he was 12-years-old while still playing competitively, and then took up the job full time after his playing career was done at 18-years-old. After graduating high school, Mills was offered to try out for a number of junior clubs, but he knew he wanted to make his way in the hockey world through officiating. It was in his blood as his grandfather was an official in junior and senior hockey circles, while his brother, Aaron, had already made his way to the American Hockey League (AHL) as an official and could offer sound advice. Mills spent more than ten years in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) while also working in the WHL for those his last eight years as an amateur official, including two trips to the CHL Memorial Cup Tournament in 2013 (Saskatoon, SK) and in 2016 (Red Deer, AB). On the international stage, Mills was selected by the International Hockey Federation to work the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship (U20) played in Toronto and Montreal and was also selected to work the prestigious 2015 IIHF World Championship held in Prague and Ostrava of Czech Republic. Mills attributes his success to those who have helped him along the way. People like the BCHL’s Peter Zerbinos and Frank Broeders who helped get him started and push him in the right direction, as well as WHL Director of Officiating, Kevin Muench, who has spent time supervising and developing Mills to be the linesman he is today. The 2016-17 WHL season had already started when Mills got the call that he was being promoted to the NHL under a minor leagues linesman contract as a few full time NHL linesmen were dealing with serious injuries early in that season. He joined the NHL Officiating Team in the middle of that campaign working a reduced schedule between the AHL and NHL. He made his NHL debut on November 29th, 2016 in Anaheim when the Ducks hosted the Montreal Canadiens.
First NHL Game
November 29, 2016