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Born February 17, 1984 (1984-02-17) (age 25),
Dover, NJ, USA
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Detroit Red Wings
Tampa Bay Lightning
Anaheim Ducks
NHL Draft 186th overall, 2003
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Career 2007 – present

Andrew Miller (born February 17, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Miller was drafted in the sixth round, 186th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut on April 19, 2007, playing with the Anaheim Ducks against the Minnesota Wild. Spectacularly, his second NHL appearance, on May 28, 2007, turned out to be Game One of the Ducks' Stanley Cup Final series against the Ottawa Senators. He is the younger brother of Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.

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Early career

Miller played junior hockey for the now-defunct Capital Centre Pride of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) from 2001–2003, totaling 32 goals and 28 assists for 60 points in 102 games. Early in the 2002–03 season, he graduated to the United States Hockey League (USHL).

At 17, Miller played 49 games for the River City Lancers (now known as the Omaha Lancers) of the USHL in the 2002–03 season, posting 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 points. He scored nine points in 11 playoff games to help lead the Lancers to the USHL Finals, where they lost three games to one to the Lincoln Stars. Miller played with fellow NHLers Matt Carle and Paul Stastny and was named to the USHL All-Star team.

Miller spent the next three years playing for the Michigan State Spartans of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). He scored his first collegiate goal on January 2, 2004 against the Northern Michigan University Wildcats. The winger improved his point totals in each of his three seasons at Michigan State, scoring 10, 33, and 43 points in 41, 40, and 44 games, respectively. In his last season with the Spartans, Miller was named the team's MVP and the CCHA's Best Defensive Forward. He was also named to the Association's All-Tournament Team after helping Michigan State capture the CCHA title.

Miller was drafted by the then Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the sixth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 186th overall.

Minor pros

After leading the Spartans in both points and as captain in the 2005–06 season, Miller signed a two-year entry level contract with the Ducks on May 4, 2006. He joined Anaheim's AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, during their second round series against the Hartford Wolf Pack, playing in one game.

The next season, he suited up for 79 matches with the Pirates, scoring 16 goals and totaling 20 assists for 36 points to place third on the team.

NHL career

In 2007, Miller once again moved up to a higher league after completing the regular season with another team. On April 16, Miller was recalled from Portland by Anaheim. Three days later, he made his Ducks and NHL debut at the Honda Center, playing in what would be the final game of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Minnesota Wild.

Coach Randy Carlyle had placed the left winger on the Ducks' top line, alongside 2007 All-Stars Andy McDonald and Teemu Selänne, to fill in for the injured Chris Kunitz. In Game One, Miller forced a turnover that Selanne and McDonald capitalized on for the Ducks' first goal of the series, and would go on to win his first Stanley Cup in just his first four games in the NHL. He would spend two more seasons in the Ducks organization before signing as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the summer of 2009.

On November 10, 2009, Miller was put on waivers by the Lightning and was subsequently claimed by the Detroit Red Wings. He made his Red Wings debut on November 12 against the Vancouver Canucks, recording 11:33 minutes of ice time. He scored his first goal in a Detroit uniform on November 23 against the Nashville Predators.

Personal

Miller comes from a long line of hockey players, as he is the tenth member of his family to play the sport for Michigan State. His best-known relative is older brother and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. He is also the cousin of former Mighty Duck Kip Miller, as well as former NHLers Kevin and Kelly Miller.

Miller has always been involved with the communities in which he plays, taking part in programs such as Teams for Toys, DARE and the Special Olympics. He even created the Spartan Buddy Program, which enabled MSU athletes to make regular visits to local pediatric hospital patients.

He was married in July 2008.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Capital Centre NAHL 37 4 3 7 22
2001–02 Capital Centre NAHL 54 18 16 34 56
2002–03 Capital Centre NAHL 14 9 9 18 12
2002–03 River City Lancers USHL 49 14 11 25 26 11 5 4 9 6
2003–04 Michigan State CCHA 41 4 6 10 39
2004–05 Michigan State CCHA 40 17 16 33 20
2005–06 Michigan State CCHA 44 18 25 43 30
2005–06 Portland Pirates AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Portland Pirates AHL 79 16 20 36 51
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 3 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Portland Pirates AHL 31 16 20 36 12 16 1 7 8 12
2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 26 2 3 5 6
2008–09 Iowa Chops AHL 53 23 15 38 10
2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 27 4 6 10 17 13 2 1 3 2
CCHA totals 125 39 47 86 89
AHL totals 163 55 55 110 27 17 1 7 8 12
NHL totals 53 6 9 15 23 16 2 1 3 4

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