Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller joined the ranks of Michigan State's greatest athletes Thursday when he was inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame.
Miller was a Spartan from 1999-2002; he was drafted by Buffalo in 1999. He split time his freshman season before taking over for good in the playoffs. He dominated the year after, winning the Hobey Baker Award with a 31-5-4 record, 1.32 goals-against average and .950 save percentage. He also led the Spartans to the Frozen Four. He went 26-9-5 his junior year and guided another NCAA Tournament appearance before turning pro. He still holds seven Michigan State records.
“I'm still putting the pads on and playing, so I didn't expect to be a part of a hall of fame at this point in my career, but it's definitely a great honor,” Miller said. “I had a great experience at Michigan State. It's a big part of my life … The university gave me an opportunity to play the sport I love, and better myself with an education. It definitely gave me time to develop my game to where I could move on to a higher level and play pro hockey. It was a great starting spot to give me my chance to make my way in the world.”
Miller has gone on to win a Vezina Trophy, Olympic silver medal and President’s Trophy. He is also Buffalo’s all-time winningest goalie.
Joining Miller in the class of 2013 were his cousin, Kip Miller (hockey); Henry Bullough (football); Morris Peterson(basketball); and Jenna Wrobel (volleyball). He was excused from Friday’s Sabres practice to take part in the festivities in Lansing, Mich.
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