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Ryan Miller Named a First Team All Star

April 7, 2005 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Rochester Americans News Release

(Rochester, NY)… Rochester Americans goalie Ryan Miller was named an American Hockey League First Team All-Star today. The East Lansing, Mich., native becomes the first Amerk to make the first team since Martin Biron was selected in 1998-99. The last Amerk to make the All-Star Team was Mika Noronen (second team) in 2000-01.

This season, Miller has a 39-15-4 record, a 2.35 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. He currently leads the AHL with 39 wins and is second in saves (1685) and minutes played (3495:57). He is also tied for first in the league with eight shutouts. Miller and fellow goalie Tom Askey have led the Amerks (49-14-4-6) to an AHL-best 108 points and the franchise’s 14th division title. Rochester is closing in on team records for points in a season (111) and wins (52).

Miller is on a record pace this season, as he stands one win shy of becoming the first AHL goalie to win 40 games since Gerry Cheevers won a league-record 48 for the 1964-65 Amerks. Miller has already set the team record for shutouts in a season (eight) and helped the Amerks establish the team mark for shutouts with nine. In addition, Miller and Tom Askey guided Rochester to a single-season team record 17 straight home wins from mid-December to early March.

Earlier this season, he was named the Koho AHL Goaltender of the Month for January. In 12 starts, Miller posted a record of 9-2-1 with a 1.57 goals-against average, a .951 save percentage and three shutouts. He was also named the winner of the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week award on January 31st.

In February, Miller flashed his all-star form at the Dodge AHL All-Star Classic in Manchester, N.H. On February 13th, he was named the Reebok Top Goaltender after stopping 15 of 19 shots in the skills competition. It was the second straight year he took home the award. The following night, he stopped all nine shots he faced -- three of those in a shootout -- as PlanetUSA rallied to beat the Canadian AHL All-Stars 5-4.

Miller is in his third season with the Amerks after three stellar years at Michigan State University, where he captured the Hobey Baker Award in 2001. He has a career 89-58-16 record with the Amerks, which puts him third overall in team history in wins.

Miller has a 6-11-1 record and a 3.03 goals-against average with the Buffalo Sabres. In 2003, he was named the goaltender for the Eastern Conference in the Topps/YoungStars Game. He was the Sabres’ fifth-round selection (138th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.


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