Ryan Miller retires with most U.S. goalie wins in NHL history
Ryan miller, who has won the most wins by a US-born goalie in NHL history, will retire after this season.
Miller made the announcement Thursday.
“I kept this together until the family,” Miller said, choking. “Hockey has been a real passion for me. Introduced by my family, my dad.… I was really drawn to the position of goalkeeper – being discouraged in the slightest way possible from time to time by my dad because of how difficult it was to stay there – but I had just felt like this was the place for me. It ended up being exactly where I wanted to be. “
The 40-year-old is 390-289-86 with a draw, 2.64 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and 44 shutouts in 794 games (770 starts) in 18 seasons in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabers and the St. Louis Blues. , Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Canucks. He was 28-27 with a 2.52 GAA, .913 save percentage and three shutouts in 57 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
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Miller is 3-8-1 with a GAA of 3.60 and save percentage of 0.882 in 14 games (12 starts) this season. Anaheim (15-28-7) was eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs on Wednesday and has six games to play.
“I thought this year would probably be my last and wanted to take the time to enjoy everything about the game,” Miller said. “It’s been a good year. I was able to immerse myself. I could have waited to retire, but I just felt like it would be a good way to say goodbye, with some time to appreciate it and say it to the guys, so I could enjoy the moment. “
Miller said his priority was to make time for himself and his family, but said he would like to stay connected to the game in the short term. Longer term, he said he would like to contribute to the management or development of players at the NHL level.
Born in East Lansing, Michigan, Miller is 14th on the NHL winning list, one ahead of Dominik Hasek. Miller has 16 more wins than John Vanbiesbrouck, who is second among US-born goaltenders.
Selected by the Sabers in the fifth round (138th) of the 1999 NHL Draft, Miller was 284-186-56 with an 11-season tie with Buffalo. He is his leader in wins and second in shutouts with 28, behind Hasek (55).
“Buffalo will always have a big part of my heart,” Miller said. “I feel like I really grew up there.… I always felt like I owed something to Buffalo in a way. I’ve always wanted to do the right thing for the fans. It was a great inspiration behind a lot of work in the community. , charity, stuff like that. I felt like I was doing something that I was very lucky to do and Buffalo allowed me to do it. So I should try to make Buffalo a better place. “
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Miller won the Vezina Trophy named top NHL goalie in 2009-10, when he was 41-18-8 with a 2.22 GAA, .929 save percentage and five shutouts in 69 games ( 68 departures).
He was traded to the Blues on February 28, 2014 and was 10-8-1 with a GAA of 2.47, save percentage of .903 and a shutout in 19 games with St. Louis in 2013-14. .
Miller then played three seasons for the Canucks; he was 64-68-16 with a GAA of 2.69, save percentage of .914 and 10 shutouts in 150 games from 2014 to 2017. He signed with the Ducks as a free agent on July 1, 2017.
The Ducks showed off a 10-minute tribute video that featured former teammates (Daniel Briere, Jason Pominville), coaches (Jim Corsi), current teammates (Ryan getzlaf, John gibson), and Miller’s family, including his parents ;, brother and former NHL player Drew Miller; wife Noureen DeWulf and son Bodhi.
Miller won a silver medal with the United States at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. He was named tournament MVP, winning five of six games with a 1.35 GAA average, .946 save percentage and shutout. He allowed eight goals on 147 shots, including the gold medal goal in overtime for Canada’s Sidney Crosby.
Miller was asked about the legacy of the US-born guardians who followed him.
“I hope they see this as something doable,” he said. “A skinny kid from mid Michigan got to work at something and represent the country a few times and have a career as a hockey player.
“I think my situation shows with a little dedication that you can set your goal and accomplish something. And if they sounded inspiring to me, that makes me feel good.”