Sportsnet's Roger Millions leaves broadcasting for career in politics

Jun 12 2018, 2:13 am

Roger Millions is making an unusual career move, putting down his microphone after 39 years in the business.

The longtime Calgary correspondent with Sportsnet, seen frequently on Flames broadcasts, announced his “retirement” on Monday.

“I have truly loved every moment and experience that this career has given me, but I am at the stage in my life where I want to be at home, in my beloved Alberta, with my wonderful family and explore other possibilities,” Millions announced in a Monday morning tweet.

“But, as passionate as I am about sports, I am equally as passionate about my home province of Alberta and its politics. I want to have a voice in this community and make a difference for the hard-working people in this province.

Millions is seeking the United Conservative Party nomination in Airdrie-East, in advance of next year’s provincial election.

“Airdrie has been our family’s home for more than 10 years, and it is a great place to live,” said Millions in an open letter on his new website. “Having grown up on a farm, I have always appreciated the close relationship between Airdrie and the rural communities it neighbours. It’s a wonderful place to raise a family.

“Our livelihood is threatened, however, the NDP government has introduced measures to attack our jobs, our schools, and our families. Also, much more must be done to fight rural crime. We need to develop a solution that is built on listening to rural residents, as they know their challenges best. Alberta needs change, and I want to help bring it about. That’s why I ask for your support to become the UCP candidate for Airdrie East.”

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