David Joseph Miller
14 March 1985 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)|
David Joseph "Joe" Miller (born 14 March 1985 in Cardiff, Wales) is a Welsh professional ice hockey player, who has represented England and the UK and has signed again for the Basingstoke Bison for the forthcoming season, after playing 102 games for the Bison, Miller has 56 goals and 60 assists for 116 points despite missing a chunk of the 2012/13 season with a groin injury.
Miller began his career with the Cardiff Devils U-19 team, known as the Cardiff Satans. In his first season, aged just 15, Miller played in 9 games, scoring a point per game. For the following season, the 2001/02 term, Miller played for the Devils' senior team, then icing in the BNL on 20 occasions as well as continuing to play in U-19 games. It was a positive season for Miller, as he also gained his first international caps, playing twice for the English U-19 national team despite his Welsh roots.
Miller would continue to remain within the Cardiff organisation, but failed to make another senior appearance for the team. Miller would also only play in a handful of games for the U-19 team over the next season and a half. Mid-season, Miller moved to sign for the Telford Trojans, the U-19 team of the Telford Wildfoxes. Again Miller played only a few games, but managed to have a significant impact in the games he played. A further move followed, making the Haringey Racers the third team Miller had played for in the 2003/04 season. This time Miller played at senior level in the EPIHL, but again failed to settle, playing in only three games before moving once again.
This time Miller returned to the Telford organisation, playing for the then named Telford Wildfoxes, this time at senior level. Miller settled well and began to produce points for the Wildfoxes (4 points from 3 games), and so was re-signed for the 2004/05 season. Again Miller shone, with 35 points and 53 penalty minutes in just 29 games, and was again re-signed by the Telford club, now renamed the Tigers. A further 62 point (44 games) season followed, proving Miller's quality at EPL level. In the 2005/06 season, Miller moved from Telford to sign for the EIHL team, the Coventry Blaze. Unfortunately Miller iced in only two games and was given few chances in his time in the Midlands.
A second chance to play in the EIHL would follow, with the Manchester Phoenix player/coach Tony Hand signing Miller to play further north for the 2006/07 EIHL season. Miller played 53 games for the Phoenix and proved to be a hard working and committed player in his time. Unfortunately for Miller, he managed to score just 11 points in the season and so was released by the Phoenix at the end of the season. Miller took the opportunity to re-sign for the Telford Tigers, a move which proved positive for both player and club, as Miller again found his scoring touch for the Tigers, 17 points from 14 games.
Despite his again prolific scoring, Miller moved mid-season to join the Peterborough Phantoms where he would gather 34 points from 24 games.
The 2008-2009 season with Peterborough Phantoms saw him gain 88 points from 54 games and in the 2009-2010 season 73 points from 45 games.
British Ice Hockey announced Miller "BIH player of the month" for December 2009.
- 2001-2002 = U18 WJC (D2) Bronze Medal
- 2003-2004 = U20 WJC (D2|B) Gold Medal
- 2008-2009 = EPIHL Cup Champion, EPIHL League Champion, EPIHL Playoff Champion
- 2010-2011 = EPIHL League Champion