Drew Miller joked about wanting to be a pro bass fisherman while growing up.
In reality, his sights were set only a professional hockey career. He achieved that goal, playing 10 seasons in the NHL, the final eight with the Detroit Red Wings.
But after retiring from the game at age 34, he needed to find something to do for the rest of his life.
While many players remain in the game in some capacity, Miller opted for the insurance industry.
“Life after hockey, you’re looking at ways to be successful and I always enjoyed the relationships I had with people and trying to help people,” Miller said. “I think that’s the name of the game in insurance. It’s kind of grown into something I really enjoy on a day to day basis.”
After wrapping up his playing career in 2018 following one season in Sweden, Miller started working with an insurance agency in East Lansing. He joined the Korotkin Insurance Group (KIG), a Southfield-based company founded in 1913, last month.
Miller enjoyed interacting with fans at various team community events when he played and continues doing so in retirement. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, he was among several former Red Wings who provided pre-game and in-game commentary on the Jumbotron at Little Caesars Arena and took part in suite-holder events.
Those communications skills are beneficial in his new line of work.
“When it comes to insurance, someone’s looking for a professional they can trust, that knows they have their best interest,” Miller said. “I think maybe being a Red Wing gives me more credibility. People feel like they know me a little bit more.
“From my side, I enjoy those interactions with people and I’m in a position to help them protect their assets. I think that’s a huge