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Ryan Miller
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Miller with the St. Louis Blues in 2014.
Born (1980-07-17) July 17, 1980 (age 34)
East Lansing, MI, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Vancouver Canucks
Buffalo Sabres
St. Louis Blues
National team  United States
NHL Draft 138th overall, 1999
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2002–present
Website millertime30.com

Ryan Dean Miller (born July 17, 1980) is an American goaltender who is currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Miller was drafted 138th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. In 2010 he won the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender.

He was selected to play for the U.S. Hockey team in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, as starting goaltender.[1] He won a silver medal with the team and was named MVP of the tournament. Four years later he was selected for the 2014 Winter Olympics and served as the back-up to Jonathan Quick. In July 2014, Miller became a free agent, as the St. Louis Blues chose to re-sign Brian Elliott to a three-year contract, thus giving Elliott the starting role.[2]

Miller is known for his hybrid style of goaltending. He is also the older brother of current Detroit Red Wings winger Drew Miller.

Early life[edit]

Miller grew up in East Lansing, Michigan. In youth hockey, Miller originally played as a forward. However Miller became frustrated with the poor play of his team's goalie, so he begged his coach as well as his father, Dean Miller, to let him try it out. His father told him that if he could get two goals and three assists the next game he would buy Ryan a catching glove. Miller finished the game with two goals and three assists in the win.[3] His brother Drew Miller is currently a forward for the Red Wings and three cousins (Kelly Miller, Kip Miller and Kevin Miller) all played in the NHL. All five attended Michigan State University. He played goal for the Spartans for 4 years.[4]

Playing career[edit]

College[edit]

As a college player for the Michigan State University Spartans, Miller set an NCAA record with 26 career shutouts and was the winner of the Hobey Baker Award in 2001, when he led the country in wins, winning percentage, save percentage (an NCAA record .950 mark), goals-against average and shutouts (an NCAA record 10).

Miller played outdoors in the Cold War – a game between Michigan and Michigan State held in 2001. Miller was the 2001 Big Ten-Jesse Owens Men's Athlete of the Year.

Miller became only the second Spartan in history to win the Hobey Baker Award and only the second goaltender (Robb Stauber won it in 1988). He was the CCHA's Goaltender of the Year all three of his seasons in East Lansing, and was the league's overall MVP twice. Ten members of Miller's family, including his grandfather, father, uncle, five cousins (including Kelly, Kevin and Kip Miller), and his younger brother Drew, have played college hockey for the Spartans. His cousin Kip Miller won the Hobey Baker in 1990. Miller was a close friend of Buffalo Bills fullback and fellow MSU alumnus Jehuu Caulcrick.[5]

Buffalo Sabres[edit]

Miller with the Rochester Americans in 2005

After three seasons with Michigan State, Miller moved to the American Hockey League, where he played for the Sabres affiliate the Rochester Americans from the 2002–03 season until the 2004–05 season. During the 2002–03 season he played 15 regular season games for Buffalo. In the 2004–05 season, He won 41 games for the Americans, tying Gerry Cheevers' record. He finished that season with a 2.45 GAA.

In 2004–05, the Americans were the North Division and Regular Season champions in the American Hockey League. They lost in the division finals against a powerful Manitoba team

Miller finished the 2005–06 season by establishing himself as the starting goalie for the Sabres. He ranked 11th among NHL goalies with a 2.60 GAA, and 9th with a save percentage of .914. Miller led the Sabres to a surprise season, winning 30 games and advancing to the conference finals.

After the 2005–06 season, Miller became a restricted free agent and waived his right to arbitration. Mike Liut, Miller's agent, continued to negotiate with the Sabres through the summer. On September 8, 2006, the Sabres announced that they had re-signed Miller to a three-year contract.

Miller with the Sabres in 2010.

The 2006–07 season would prove a successful one. In his first season starting with the number one job, Miller and his team won the first 10 games in a row. Miller was voted the starting goaltender for the Eastern Conference of the 2007 NHL All-Star Game. In a 12–9 loss, Miller played the first period and allowed three goals. Miller also gained a reputation of a shootout specialist with his technique of challenging the shooter outside the crease. That season he was 10–4 in shootouts, with Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils being his closest rival at 10 wins and 6 losses. In 63 games played that season, Miller posted a 0.911 SVP and a 2.72 GAA backing a more offensively oriented team.

In the post-season of that year, the Sabres advanced to their second conference finals in as many years, losing to the Ottawa Senators in five games. Miller posted a .922 SVP and 2.22 GAA in the playoffs.

On October 11, the Sabres won their second home game of the 2007–08 season with a 6–0 win over the Atlanta Thrashers. Miller had the shutout stopping 20 shots in a game following the death of his 18-year-old cousin, Matt, who had died the Monday before of a complication with a bone-marrow transplant. At the close of the game, Miller raised his stick to the home crowd in tribute and received star honors for his effort in net.

Miller's helmet with the words "Matt Man".

Miller's current helmet design has the words "Matt Man" on the back in remembrance.

On January 1, 2008, Miller played with the Sabres in the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic, which was the first outdoor NHL game to be held in the United States. The game was played at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home to the Buffalo Bills, in Orchard Park, New York. The Sabres lost in a shoot-out to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Miller only allowed one goal (out of 25 shots) in regulation. On March 28, 2008, Miller played in his 73rd game of the season, breaking the Sabres franchise record for most games played in a season, passing Grant Fuhr, Dominik Hašek and Martin Biron. Miller finished the season with 76 games played, recording a 2.64 GAA and a .906 SVP.

On July 18, 2008, Miller signed a five-year contract extension worth $31.25 million[6] with the Sabres. The contract took effect at the start of the 2009–10 season. Miller suffered a high-end ankle sprain on February 22, 2009, in a game against the New York Rangers, which kept him out of action until late March. Despite Miller's strong 34–18–6 record during the 2008–09 NHL season, the Sabres narrowly missed out on qualifying for a playoff berth.

Miller with the Sabres in 2011.

Miller's popularity in both Buffalo and for U.S. hockey has spawned several nicknames including Miller Time (after the Miller brewing company's advertising slogan), while the Toronto media has nicknamed him the "Leaf Killer: Ryan Miller" for his excellent success against one of the Sabres top rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In the 2009–10 NHL season, Miller played exceptionally, with a GAA of under 2.00 before the Olympic break. He finished the season with a 2.22 GAA and a .929 SV%. He led the Buffalo Sabres to a Northeast Division title and posted 41 wins, breaking his former record of 40 wins posted in 2006–07. His play became even more popular around the U.S after being nominated for the Vezina Trophy for the league's best goaltender. On June 23, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the 2010 NHL Award Ceremony, Miller was announced as the winner of the 2010 Vezina Trophy beating New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur and Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. That same night, Miller also became the first American player to win the NHL Foundation Player Award.

Late in the 2010–11 NHL season, on March 29, 2011, during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, despite finishing the game in a 4-3 losing cause,[7] Miller suffered what was later reported to be an "upper body injury".[8] Initial speculation on the specifics of Miller's injury ranged from a concussion resulting from a Brian Rolston shot that rang off his mask, to a bruised collarbone from a Dion Phaneuf shot.[9] On February 4, 2012, Miller surpassed Dominik Hasek as the franchise leader in career wins with 235 in a 4-3 shootout win against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. Miller accomplished this feat in six and a half years as the starting goaltender for Buffalo, while it took Hasek 9 years.[10]

The 2012-13 NHL Season did not go well for the Sabres as they finished 12th in the Eastern Conference and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive year.[11] Miller finished the season with a 2.81 GAA and a .915 Save percentage.

St. Louis Blues[edit]

On February 28, 2014, Miller and Steve Ott were traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, and 2 future draft picks.[12] He would make his Blues debut along with Steve on March 3, stopping 23 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

After falling in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs to the defending 2013 Stanley Cup Champion the Chicago Blackhawks, Miller's future became unknown. On May 19, 2014, the Blues signed Brian Elliott to a 3-year contract; soon after the Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong stated that "Brian will team up with Jake Allen next season to form our goaltending tandem."

Vancouver Canucks[edit]

Miller became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2014 and signed a three-year $18 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks.[13]

International play[edit]

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Miller won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver

As a member of the Sabres, Miller was made a reserve for Team USA at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, but did not play. Miller was selected as starting goalie for the United States hockey team in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Miller led the team to a perfect 5-0 start, including a 5-3 win over gold-medal favorite Canada in the preliminary round, stopping 42 of 45 shots. The five wins, including victories over Switzerland and Finland in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively, brought the US to the gold medal game, where they faced Canada for the second time. In the gold medal game, the US lost 3-2 in overtime despite Miller's 36 saves, as Sidney Crosby scored the game-winner in his second scoring attempt, after his first was saved by Miller. Team USA won the silver medal thanks to Miller's 5-0-1 record, and Miller was named MVP of the tournament. Miller finished with a save percentage of .946 and a GAA of 1.35 (both American Olympic records).[14] Miller also won IIHF best goaltender honors and was named to the All-Star team.[15]

After his selection to Team USA for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, head coach Dan Bylsma named Jonathan Quick the team's starting goalie over Miller and fellow Olympic teammate Jimmy Howard. Miller would go on to start one of USA's six games (Quick started the other five). In his one and only game, Miller made 17 saves as Team USA won 5-1 against Slovenia. Team USA did not medal in Sochi as Miller finished the tournament with a 1-0 record, a 1.00 GAA and a .944 SV%.

Steadfast Foundation[edit]

Miller, along with his father Dean, started the Steadfast Foundation which supports cancer patients and their families.

Miller at Consol Energy Center in 2011.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1999–00 Michigan State University CCHA 25 16 5 3 1525 39 8 1.54 0.932
2000–01 Michigan State University CCHA 40 31 5 4 2448 54 10 1.33 0.950
2001–02 Michigan State University CCHA 40 26 9 5 2412 71 8 1.77 0.936
2002–03 Rochester Americans AHL 47 23 18 5 2815 10 2 2.34 0.920
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 15 6 8 1 912 40 1 2.63 0.902
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 0 3 0 177 15 0 5.08 0.795
2003–04 Rochester Americans AHL 60 27 25 7 3579 132 5 2.21 0.925
2004–05 Rochester Americans AHL 63 41 17 4 370 153 8 2.45 0.922
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 48 30 14 3 2862 124 1 2.60 0.914
2005–06 Rochester Americans AHL 2 1 1 0 120 5 0 2.50 0.889
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 63 40 16 6 3692 168 2 2.73 0.911
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 36 27 10 4474 197 3 2.64 0.906
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 59 34 18 6 3443 145 5 2.53 0.918
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 69 41 18 8 4047 150 5 2.22 0.929
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 34 22 8 3829 165 5 2.59 0.916
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 61 31 21 7 3536 150 6 2.54 0.916
2012–13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 40 17 17 5 2302 108 0 2.81 0.915
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 40 15 22 3 2384 108 0 2.72 0.923
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 19 10 8 1 1117 46 1 2.47 0.903
NHL totals 559 294 194 57 32,778 1416 29 2.59 0.915

Playoffs[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV %
2002–03 Rochester Americans AHL 3 1 2 190 13 0 4.11 .856
2003–04 Rochester Americans AHL 14 7 7 857 26 2 1.82 .934
2004–05 Rochester Americans AHL 9 5 4 547 24 0 2.63 .909
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 18 11 7 1123 48 1 2.56 .908
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 16 9 7 1029 38 0 2.22 .922
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 6 2 4 384 15 0 2.34 .926
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 7 3 4 410 20 2 2.93 .917
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 6 2 4 422 19 0 2.70 .897
NHL totals 53 27 26 3368 140 3 2.49 .917

International[edit]

   
Year Team Event GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2010 USA OLY 6 5 0 1 355 8 1 1.35 .946
2014 USA OLY 1 1 0 0 60 1 0 1.00 .944
Olympic totals 7 6 0 1 415 9 1 1.30 .946

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA Rookie Team 1999-00
All-CCHA Second Team 1999-00 [16]
CCHA All-Tournament Team 2000 [17]
All-CCHA First Team 2000-01 [16]
CCHA Player of the Year 2000-01
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2000-01
Hobey Baker Memorial Award 2000-01
C-Bone Classic Champion 2000-01
CCHA All-Tournament Team 2001 [17]
All-CCHA First Team 2001-02 [16]
CCHA Player of the Year 2001-02
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2001-02

AHL[edit]

NHL[edit]

International[edit]

Records[edit]

  • Buffalo Sabres franchise leader in career wins (284)
  • Buffalo Sabres franchise record for most wins in a season (41 in 2009-10)

Personal life[edit]

Miller married actress Noureen DeWulf on September 3, 2011.[18] On September 11, 2014 it was announced that the couple were expecting their first child.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.usahockey.com/Template_Usahockey.aspx?NAV=TU_01_01_05&id=277216
  2. ^ Korac, Louie. "Blues sign Elliott to extension, Miller not returning". Nhl.com. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Ryan Miller - Biography, NBC, retrieved 2010-05-12 
  4. ^ Klein, Jeff Z. (December 5, 2009). "Sabres’ Miller Has His Best Year at Best Time". The New York Times. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ Vaughters, Al (2011-04-10). Playoff run gives boost to WNY area. WIVB-TV. Retrieved 2011-04-10.
  6. ^ "Sabres, Miller agree to five-year contract extension.". LetsGoSabres.com. July 18, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  7. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2010021135
  8. ^ Kanalley, Craig (March 30, 2011). "Ryan Miller Injury: Buffalo Sabres Goalie Suffers 'Upper Body' Ailment". Huffington Post. 
  9. ^ http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/Hockey+World/4550412/story.html
  10. ^ http://sabres.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468011
  11. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?type=con#&navid=nav-stn-conf
  12. ^ http://blues.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=706959
  13. ^ "Canucks sign free agent G Miller to three-year contract". The Sports Network. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  14. ^ Miller carries Team USA to superb tournament
  15. ^ a b c d "Miller gets MVP honours". iihf.com. 28 February 2010. 
  16. ^ a b c "All-CCHA Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  17. ^ a b "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  18. ^ http://registry.weddingchannel.com/coupledir/20119/D/R321444210/NOUREEN_DEWULF_AND_RYAN_MILLER.htm
  19. ^ "Ryan Miller and Noureen DeWulf Expecting First Child". September 11, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mark Kosick
CCHA Most Valuable Player in Tournament
2000
2001
Succeeded by

Michael Cammalleri
Preceded by
Award Created
CCHA Goaltender of the Year
2000-01
2001-02
Succeeded by

Mike Betz
Preceded by
Shawn Horcoff
CCHA Player of the Year
2000-01
2001-02
Succeeded by

Chris Kunitz
Preceded by
Mike Mottau
Winner of the Hobey Baker Award
2000–01
Succeeded by
Jordan Leopold
Preceded by
Ron Dayne
Big Ten Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year
2000–01
Succeeded by
Jordan Leopold
Preceded by
Tim Thomas
Winner of the Georges Vezina Trophy
2010
Succeeded by
Tim Thomas