When the 2021-22 season begins, for the primary time in almost twenty years the NHL won’t embody Ryan Miller. The Anaheim Geese goaltender introduced that he’ll retire on the conclusion of 2020-21. In a group launch, Miller defined his resolution:
“It was a dream come true once I performed my first NHL recreation and it has been a privilege to spend 18 years as knowledgeable. I’ve determined that I’m going to retire after the season having been given extra time doing what I like than I may ever have hoped for. Thanks to you my teammates and employees, previous and current. I’m grateful to so many who made my profession potential and helped me on my journey from youth hockey to the NHL. Thanks to my household for supporting me with a lot love and enthusiasm.”
Now 40, Miller will cling up his pads as arguably the perfect U.S.-born goaltender in historical past. He leads all American goaltenders in wins with 390 over his lengthy profession, coming in 14th all time within the class. His profession save proportion nonetheless sits at .914 even after the previous couple of years, and he has a cupboard stuffed with trophies. The 2001 Hobey Baker Award winner at Michigan State College, he went on to win the AHL Goaltender of the Yr and Vezina Trophy together with including an Olympic silver medal.
Although he by no means did get an opportunity to boost the Stanley Cup over his head, Miller has been a continuing presence within the NHL for the final technology and has an out of doors shot of touchdown within the Corridor of Fame in some unspecified time in the future. Of the 13 goaltenders forward of him on the all-time listing, solely Curtis Joseph (454 wins) and Chris Osgood (401) have been retired lengthy sufficient to be eligible however usually are not within the Corridor — Roberto Luongo, Marc-Andre Fleury and Henrik Lundqvist will all probably get there when eligible.
It’s becoming that Miller ends with a minimum of 390 wins, only one forward of his Buffalo Sabres predecessor Dominik Hasek. Although he could have by no means reached the spectacular highs of Hasek’s profession, Miller’s lengthy, constant efficiency is one thing to marvel.