Brandon Miller (lacrosse)
|— Lacrosse player —|
May 4, 1979 |
Orangeville, ON, CA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
San Jose Stealth
2x All-Star (2007, 2011)
2nd Team All-Pro (2013)
Brandon Miller (born May 4, 1979 in Orangeville, Ontario) is a goaltender for the Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League, and the Six Nations Chiefs and, formerly, the Brampton Excelsiors in the Ontario Lacrosse Association's Major Series, winning one and two Mann Cups, respectively.
National Lacrosse League
Albany Attack/San Jose Stealth
Miller started his career in 2001 with the Albany Attack (renamed the San Jose Stealth after the team relocated to California). He spent the early part of his career backing up Rob Blasdell and Anthony Cosmo, before joining the Chicago Shamrox and earning a spot as their starting goaltender.
At the 2007 All-Star Game in Portland, Miller was named to the All-Star team for the first time, as a reserve for the East squad. He split time with Matt Roik, allowing eight goals on 34 shots to earn the win. He also assisted on one of the East team's 20 goals.
Despite Miller's stalwart play in net - 557 saves, facing an average of 45.19 shots per game - the Shamrox scored the third-fewest goals in the league in 2007, and missed the playoffs with a 6-10 record.
In 2008, Philadelphia finished 10-6, and qualified as the fourth seed for the playoffs; the Shamrox finished 6-10, in last place in the East Division. The Wings took on the Buffalo Bandits in the first round of the playoffs, but were eliminated after a 14-12 loss. Miller replaced starting goaltender Rob Blasdell for the second half of the game, allowing five goals on 21 shots and picking up the loss.
Miller split time with Blasdell again in 2009, his first full season with Philadelphia. Miller played about 60 per cent of the team's minutes, registering a 11.90 GAA and 76.94% save percentage. He also contributed offensively, registered six points - including a goal on March 28, 2009, against the Colorado Mammoth. The team, however, struggled, finishing the season 7-9 and missing the playoffs.
Philadelphia again missed the playoffs in 2010, finishing last in the East division with a 5-11 record. Miller earned the lion's share of the playing time (a career-high 885 minutes), and as a result, faced the most shots in the league (764) and made the second-most saves (581). Offensively, he contributed 9 assists, good for second in the league behind Cosmo's 13.
Miller had, perhaps, his best statistical season in 2011. He posted career bests with an 11.25 goals against average and .774 save percentage. The team was plagued by a lack of goal scoring, though, finishing with a league-worst 143 goals for, finishing 5-11, tied for last in the league. Miller was selected for the All-Star game for the second time in his career.
The Wings made the playoffs in 2012 and again in 2013, but, unfortunately, were knocked out in the first round both years. In 2013, Miller finished second in Goaltender of the Year voting, behind Rochester's Matt Vinc. He finished fifth in saves for the season, and crossed the 4000-save mark for his career, becoming the 10th goaltender to achieve the mark. He was also named Defensive Player of the Week three times during the season, and was named to the Second All-Pro Team.
He has been named Defensive Player of the Week nine times in his career - once with San Jose, twice with Chicago and six times with Philadelphia - and Overall Player of the Week once with Philadelphia.
Ontario Lacrosse Association
Six Nations Chiefs
In the NLL's off-season, Miller competes in the Ontario Lacrosse Association's Major Series, for the Six Nations Chiefs. He joined the Chiefs via trade from the Brampton Excelsiors; he and Rory Smith joined Six Nations in exchange for Matt Vinc, Mike Accursi, Tim O'Brien, and a 2013 first round selection. Backing up, primarily, Orangeville native Evan Kirk, Miller has compiled a 3-1 record with a 9.05 GAA in 12 games over two seasons.
In 2013, the Chiefs represented the OLA in the Mann Cup, against the Victoria Shamrocks. Miller did not appear in the first two games, but replaced Kirk in the third game, with the series tied. Miller suffered the loss, but Six Nations stormed back to take the series in six games, with Miller in goal for all but 20 minutes.
Those 20 minutes occurred in Game 5 when Victoria asked officials to check Miller's equipment, which was deemed to be illegal, resulting in a minor penalty and a game misconduct. Kirk replaced him, but he, too, had his equipment deemed illegal, resulting in forward Colin Doyle settling into net for the final 11 minutes of the 11-7 win.
Miller finished the series with a minuscule 4.45 GAA and .893 save percentage, ironically besting Shamrocks keeper Matt Vinc. The victory marked the first for the Chiefs since winning their third consecutive in 1996.
Miller competed for the Brampton Excelsiors in the Ontario Lacrosse Association's Major Series Lacrosse league until 2011. He joined the team in 2001, helping them to a Mann Cup appearance, where they were beaten in seven games by the Coquitlam Adanacs.
In 2002, he teamed again with Bob Watson in goal, and this time helped Brampton to a Mann Cup win over the Victoria Shamrocks, again in seven games, their second Mann Cup in five years. They lost just one game in the MSL playoffs on the way to the championship game, sweeping the St. Catharines Athletics and defeating the Brooklin Redmen four games to one.
The Excelsiors made a third consecutive Mann Cup appearance in 2003, again against the Shamrocks, but were unable to repeat as champions, losing in five games.
In 2008, the Excelsiors were finally able to overcome Peterborough, winning a decisive seventh game 7-2 at home in Brampton. They were easily able to overcome the New Westminster Salmonbellies in four games, although Miller saw no action as he backed up eventual Mann Cup MVP Anthony Cosmo.
He is also a three-time recipient of the Harry Lumley Trophy - awarded to the goaltenders of the team that allowed the fewest goals in the regular season. In 2002, he shared the award with Bob Watson, and in 2007 and 2008, he and Cosmo received the award.
In 2000, he shared the Dean McLeod Award - awarded to the MVP of the OLA Junior A playoffs - with Matt Vinc, as well as the Robert Melville Memorial Trophy - awarded to the Junior A league's outstanding goaltender - which he shared with teammate Kevin Samuel.
|Season||Team||GP||Min||GA||Sv||GAA||Sv %||LB||GP||Min||GA||Sv||GAA||Sv %||LB|
* - Led league
|Mann Cup Totals||14||523||69||344||7.92||83.29%|
- "Miller Selected First By Chicago" http://nll.com/article.php?id=374
- "East Team Stats" http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/teamplayerstats.html?teamid=73569&seasonid=1708
- "Wings acquire forward AJ Shannon and Goaltender Brandon Miller" http://www.wingslax.com/article/68200
- "Colorado-Philadelphia, March 28, 2009" http://www.nll.com/stats.php?ps=http://nll.stats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=795810
- "MSL History" http://www.majorserieslacrosse.net/mslhistory.html
- "The Harry Lumley Trophy" http://www.ontariolacrosse.com/documents/content_1273.pdf
- "The Dean McLeod Award" http://www.ontariolacrosse.com/documents/content_1286.pdf
- "The Robert Melville Memorial Trophy" http://www.ontariolacrosse.com/documents/content_1288.pdf