Only the elite: Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller was born a Spartan, and now he’s being enshrined as one as well.
Miller, along with four other former Spartan athletes, will join the ranks of MSU’s Athletics Hall of Fame as the 2013 class.
“For me it’s cliche, but it’s a tremendous honor,” Miller said. “This University has meant so much to my family for so long. My grandfather coming down in the 1950s, to a whole rush of people coming down on all sides of the families.”
Miller’s grandfather Elwood, his dad Dean, his cousins Kip, Kelly and Kevin, his great uncle Lyle and his brother Drew all donned the green and white sweater.
His freshman year was spent splitting time with 1999 First-Team All-American Joe Blackburn, but his second season between the pipes was on to remember.
His 1.32 goals against average and .950 save percentage were NCAA records at the time. He made 40 starts and was named player of the year by many media outlets en route to the second Hobey Baker Memorial Award in MSU history, along with his cousin Kip.
He said he values his time at MSU and he doesn’t take this honor lightly, and that he wouldn’t be the successful player he is today without the lessons he’s learned at MSU.
“The year I won the Hobey Baker it was more of ‘we’ as a team,” Miller said. “We sustained a really high attitude. At that time I understood what it meant to win hockey games at a really high level. That’s a season that defined where my career could go.”
He is preparing for his 12th season in the NHL, all with the Buffalo Sabers. He is one of 20 goalies in NHL history to start in the crease more than 500 times with one team.
Miller was named the starting goalie for the USA Olympic team for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and despite only coming home with the silver medal, was named MVP of the tournament.