Kings congratulate Miller after final home game with Ducks
The Los Angeles Kings greeted a rival just minutes after he defeated them probably for the last time.
Kings have poured out of the bench to tremble Ryan millerMiller’s hand after helping the Anaheim Ducks win 6-2 in Miller’s final home game at the Honda Center on Saturday.
Miller announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the season after 18 seasons in the NHL, and Ducks coach Dallas Eakins scored him on goal in Anaheim’s last home game against the Kings.
Miller then made 23 saves, earning his 391st career victory. His teammates assaulted him after the final honk, then the entire Kings roster, led by the captain Anze Kopitar and former American teammates Dustin Brown and Jonathan quick, skated to the end of Miller’s rink to offer kind words and hugs in an elegant gesture.
“Their whole organization is very classy,” Miller said of the Kings after the game. “We’re all competitive, but at the same time, we all love hockey. I think it’s the big picture that we can go out on the ice and compete and still have a lot of respect for each other. I appreciate their coming. . “
Miller’s wife Noureen DeWulf and their son Bodhi joined Miller on the ice for a special ceremony, commemorating his retirement, before his teammates joined in for a team photo.
Every Ducks player wore a Miller jersey for warm-ups, and he earned sticks to either side and a standing ovation from all 1717 in attendance when Anaheim broadcast a montage of highlights in the first period.
The respect paid for Miller made for a unique and deserving start, according to his coach Dallas Eakins.
“Just a huge amount of respect,” Eakins said after the game. “You can see him in different ways. You can see how well his tammates played in front of him. You see him especially after the game with the officials, the other team coming down to pay him respect and congratulate him on an amazing You do. not see that often. That says a lot about how he is respected and how much he is loved in our lodge. “
It was also the perfect start to Miller’s hockey career in Southern California.
“It was nice to say goodbye to Anaheim,” he said. “My stay here has been special for me. I know this is not the normal situation, but I wanted the opportunity to say goodbye, and… a night like tonight is quite special.”