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The Buffalo Sabers will honor longtime goalkeeper Ryan Miller by stepping down from his No. 30 jersey next season.
Miller joined the Sabers in 2002-03 and spent more than 10 seasons with the franchise, where he became Buffalo’s leader in wins (284) and matches played by a goalkeeper (540).
He went on to eventually set the record for wins by an American-born goalkeeper (391) and retired after the 2020-21 season.
The team announced by releasing a video Friday that showed Miller being briefed on the honor while touring the Sabers’ arena with his wife, mother, sister and two children.
The announcement coincided with Miller’s trip to Buffalo, where he attended a press conference to discuss being inducted into the Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame later this year.
“Ryan Miller embodied what people in western New York expect from those who wear a Buffalo Sabers uniform: expertise on the ice, commitment and authentic love for this community,” said Sabers general manager Kevyn Adam.
“We are delighted that Ryan is taking his rightful place along with his other Sabers legends and looking forward to celebrating his career.”
I am overwhelmed. The Sabers organization, the fans and the city of Buffalo mean so much to me. Thank you! https://t.co/2klfj3aWQl
– Ryan Miller (@ RyanMiller3039) June 10, 2022
Miller, who also played for the St Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks, had his best season in 2009-10 when he won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie and achieved Olympic MVP honors to help the United States to a silver medal at the Vancouver Games.
Miller joins NHL Hall of Famer Dominik Hasek as the Sabers’ goalie to get their numbers retired. Miller’s 391 career wins in 14th place in NHL history, two ahead of Hasek.