Ryan Miller Becomes All-Time Winningest USA Goalie
Lansing native, former Michigan State great, United States Olympian, and NHL goalie Ryan Miller (pictured) became the all-time winner among United States-born goaltenders as he led the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-2 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Sunday night.
With the win, he passes fellow American John Vanbiesbrouck with his 375th career victory. Miller stopped 23 shots in Sunday's victory. He's missed over 20 games this season with a knee injury. But the 38 year old has been the primary backup to starter John Gibson the last two seasons.
Ryan was the Hobey Baker Award winner in 2001 (college hockey's version of the Heisman Trophy) for Michigan State before beginning his professional career. He was the starting goaltender for Team USA in the 2010 Winter Olympics, where led the Red, White, and Blue to the silver medal (lost to Canada in the gold medal game in overtime).
His NHL career has lasted 16 seasons. He has a career goals against average of 2.59. His GAA this season is 2.64 in 11 appearances for the Ducks.