If you’re following the Buffalo Sabres training camp you may have noticed an absence between the pipes on the second day of camp.
That absence was veteran goaltender Ryan Miller, who will be entering his 12th season with the blue and gold. Before you ask, Miller was not absent because of a trade or anything like that. He had a much better reason to skip practice today, a Hall of Fame induction.
Before Ryan Miller began his career with the Buffalo Sabres, he had quite the successful NCAA career with the Michigan State Spartans and today he was rewarded for his efforts with an induction into the Michigan State Hall of Fame. Miller originally broke the news through twitter- see he’s getting the hang of this twitter thing.
Great to be back on campus at MSU today. Very honoured to be inducted into the athletic hall of fame along with my cousin Kip. #GoGreen
— Ryan Miller (@RyanMiller3039) September 13, 2013
Miller played three season’s between the pipes for the Spartans putting up a pretty impressive resume. His best season was his sophomore year where he led the Spartans to the final four and won the Hobey Baker award after going 31-5-4 with a 1.32 GAA and .950 Save Percentage. Miller became only the second netminder in NCAA history to win the Hobey Baker award. In addition to the Hobey Baker, Miller also won the Big Ten-Jesse Owens Men’s Athlete of the year.
During his three season’s Miller was named the CCHA goaltender of the year all three seasons, was the CCHA league MVP twice, set an NCAA record with 26 career shutouts and was a 2-time All American. What makes the induction extra special for Miller, is being inducted alongside his cousin Kip Miller who also won a Hobey Baker with Michigan State.
Michigan State holds a special place in the goaltender’s heart, as he is one of 10 Miller’s to attend the University.
“I’m honoured to be part of the Hall of Fame. It’s a tremendous honour I don’t take lightly because Michigan State has been such a huge part of my life.” ~ Ryan Miller told Detroit Sports.
Ryan Miller’s NCAA career with the Spartans was one to remember and now he’ll always be remembered in the Michigan State Hall of Fame. Who knows, if Miller has a son will he send him to his alma mater? Congratulations to Ryan Miller on the great honour, now let’s make the US Olympic team.