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1984 NHL DRAFT PICK
Kevin Miller
Selected in 10th round
No. 202 overall by New York Rangers

Born September 2, 1965
Position: Center
Height: 5-9   Weight: 165
Shoots: Right
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Redford (GLJHL)                              
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan (USA)
Hometown: Lansing, Michigan
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1980-81 Little CaesarsMich. AAA ---- ---- --
1981-82 RedfordGLJHL ---- ---- --
1982-83 RedfordGLJHL ---- ---- --
1983-84 RedfordGLJHL 4428 5785 --

PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
GLJHL MVP:
1983-84 (Redford)
GLJHL All-Star First Team: 1983-84 (Redford)
Redford MVP: 1983-84
Redford Captain: 1983-84
GLJHL Assists Leader: 1983-84 (Redford) (57 assists)
Miscellaneous: Not selected in 1983 NHL draft despite being eligible. ... Attended Eastern High School in Lansing, Mich. ... Grew up in Lansing, Mich., where his father was part-owner of local hockey arena. ... Played in Detroit Little Caesars youth hockey program prior to entering Great Lakes Junior Hockey League in 1981.
NHL CAREER
Debut: December 23, 1988 (N.Y. Rangers at Washington)
Numbers:  26, 32 (N.Y. Rangers); 23, 28 (Detroit); 14 (Washington);
14 (St. Louis); 8, 12 (San Jose); 8 (Pittsburgh); 16, 17 (Chicago);
11 (N.Y. Islanders); 21 (Ottawa)
Stanley Cup: Never won.   Playing Status: Retired 2005
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1988-2004 NYR, DET, WAS, STL,
SJ, PIT, CHI, NYI, OTT
620 150185 335429
CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1990-2000 NYR, Detroit, St. Louis,
S.J., Pitt., Chi., Ottawa
61 710 1749

NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
Detroit Playoffs Goals Leader:
1991 (3, tie)
Miscellaneous: Played right wing on line with Lucien DeBlois and Jan Erixon for N.Y. Rangers in 1988-89. ... Scored goal in his first NHL game. His goal, with only 3:33 remaining in the third period, beat Washington goaltender Clint Malarchuk to cut Washington's lead to 2-1. One minute later, Brian Mullen scored to give the Rangers a 2-2 tie. ... Missed part of N.Y. Rangers' 1990 training camp and start of 1990-91 regular season with pulled groin, an injury initially suffered during a flag football game at N.Y. Rangers' training camp at Glens Falls, N.Y., on Sept. 14, 1990, and later re-aggravated during N.Y. Rangers' Sept. 25, 1990, preseason game vs. Philadelphia. He did not make his 1990-91 NHL regular-season debut until N.Y. Rangers' Oct. 8, 1990, game vs. Minnesota. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with sprained shoulder, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Dec. 5, 1990, game at Calgary. He did not return to action until N.Y. Rangers' Dec. 11, 1990, game at Los Angeles. ... Scored goal against Patrick Roy on his first NHL penalty shot during Detroit's Oct. 10, 1991, game vs. Montreal. ... Missed part of 1992 playoffs with broken left cheekbone and cracked teeth, an injury suffered when he was high-sticked by Derian Hatcher during Game 4 of Detroit's first-round series at Minnesota on April 24, 1992. He did not return to action until Game 7 of the series on April 30, 1992 at Detroit. ... Scored goal in his first game with St. Louis, on Nov. 3, 1992, at Tampa Bay. ... Played all three forward positions for St. Louis in 1992-93, playing most of the season at left wing, a position he continued to play for the rest of his time in St. Louis. ... Led St. Louis with two game-tying goals in 1992-93. ... Tied for St. Louis lead with three shorthanded goals in 1992-93. ... Missed one game in 1993 playoffs with wrist injury, suffered during St. Louis' second-round series vs. Toronto. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with strained groin, an injury suffered during St. Louis' Nov. 6, 1993, game vs. Edmonton. He did not return to action until St. Louis' Nov. 13, 1993, game at Los Angeles. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with pulled groin, an injury suffered during St. Louis' Nov. 24, 1993, game at Washington. He did not return to action until St. Louis' Dec. 1, 1993, game at Toronto. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with hip injury, suffered during St. Louis' March 30, 1994, game at Florida. ... Missed remainder of 1993-94 regular season and start of 1994 playoffs with pulled abdominal muscle, an injury suffered during St. Louis' April 8, 1994, game at Chicago. He did not return to action until Game 2 of  St. Louis' first-round playoff series at Dallas on April 20, 1994. ... Missed part of 1995 playoffs with left eye injury, suffered when he was hit by Phil Housley's stick during Game 4 of San Jose's first-round series vs. Calgary on May 13, 1995. He did not return to action until Game 3 of San Jose's second-round series vs. Detroit on May 25, 1995. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with knee injury, suffered during San Jose's March 15, 1996, game vs. St. Louis. As he recovered from the injury, San Jose traded Miller to Pittsburgh in exchange for a 1996 fifth-round pick (later traded) and future considerations on March 20, 1996. He did not return to action until Pittsburgh's March 21, 1996, game vs. Edmonton. ... Signed with Chicago as a Group III unrestricted free agent on July 17, 1996. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with the flu, an illness contracted in November 1996. ... Played center for Chicago in 1996-97 and 1997-98. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with pulled groin, an injury suffered during Chicago's Jan. 10, 1997, game at New Jersey. He did not return to action until Chicago's Jan. 20, 1997, game at Buffalo. ... Missed part of 1997-98 season with strained groin, an injury suffered during Chicago's Dec. 17, 1997, game at Edmonton. ... Invited to N.Y. Islanders' 1998 training camp on a tryout basis. He won a job with the Islanders and signed with team as a Group III unrestricted free agent on Oct. 9, 1998. ... Signed with Ottawa as a Group III unrestricted free agent on Aug. 24, 1999. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with separated right shoulder, an injury suffered during Ottawa's March 30, 2000, game at Tampa Bay. He did not return to action until Ottawa's April 8, 2000, game at Montreal. ... Signed one-year contract with Detroit as a Group III unrestricted free agent on Aug. 27, 2003, after being out of NHL for more than three seasons. ... Made his 2003-04 regular-season debut for Detroit on Dec. 10, 2003, at Buffalo, playing in first NHL game since Ottawa's April 9, 2000, game vs. Tampa Bay.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: Michigan State (CCHA); Team USA; Denver (IHL); Flint (IHL); Indianapolis (IHL); Chicago (IHL); Grand Rapids (IHL); Davos (Switzerland); Grand Rapids (AHL); Flint (UHL)
Olympics: 1988 (seventh place)
Canada Cup: 1991 (second place)
World Championships: 1991 (fourth), 1998 (12th), 2003 (seventh)
NON-NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
NCAA Championship:
1986 (Michigan State)
Switzerland Championship: 2002 (Davos)
CCHA All-Star Honorable Mention: 1986-87 (Michigan State)
CCHA All-Academic Second Team: 1985-86 (Michigan State)
Michigan State Outstanding Rookie Award: 1984-85
Michigan State Tri-Captain: 1985-86, 1986-87
IHL Playoffs Points Leader: 2000 (Grand Rapids) (18 points)
IHL Playoffs Goals Leader: 2000 (Grand Rapids) (11 goals)
Switzerland Goals Leader: 2000-01 (Davos) (29 goals)
Education: Majored in business at Michigan State.
Miscellaneous: Wore No. 8 at Michigan State. ... Shifted from his natural position of center to play right wing while at Michigan State. He remained wing for the remainder of his career. ... Competed in 1985 U.S. National Sports Festival. ... Played on Team USA in 1985 Pravda Cup tournament in Leningrad, USSR. ... Had two assists in Michigan State's 6-5 win over Harvard in 1986 NCAA title game at Providence, R.I. ... Led Michigan State with 52 assists and 112 penalty minutes in 1985-86. ... Competed in 1986 U.S. National Sports Festival. ... Led Michigan State with 56 assists in 1986-87. ... Played for Team USA in 1987 Pravda Cup tournament in Leningrad, USSR, and led team with seven points and five goals. ... Competed in 1987 U.S. National Sports Festival. ... Left Michigan State after his junior year to join Team USA for remainder of its 1987-88 pre-Olympic tour and 1988 Olympics. ... Wore No. 8 for Team USA. ... Rejoined Michigan State for balance of 1987-88 season after competing for Team USA in 1988 Olympics at Calgary. ... Signed with Davos (Switzerland) as a free agent on July 26, 2000. ... Signed with Flint (UHL) as a free agent on March 3, 2005. ... Prepared for second career as a stockbroker during his latter playing days by working at Salomon Smith Barney in East Lansing, Mich., in off-seasons. ... Organized April 16, 2005, charity hockey game for Michigan State alumni players during 2004-05 NHL lockout.
Delayed Punishment: In October 2000, while playing for Davos in a Swiss league game against Zurich, Miller elbowed Zurich's Andrew McKim in the head, causing McKim to suffer brain damage and a sprained back, which led to his retirement. Although Miller was not sanctioned at the time of the incident, McKim pressed charges that ultimately led Swiss judge Hans-Juerg Zatti to give Miller a suspended three-month jail sentence plus an order to pay McKim 10,000 Swiss francs. Miller was also ordered to repay McKim 100 percent of the money he had lost as a result of early retirement--as was to be determined by a Swiss court. The punishment was not announced until September 2005--nearly five years after the elbowing incident.
Personal: Full name is Kevin Bradley Miller. ... Son of former college player Lyle Miller. ... Younger brother of former NHL player Kelly Miller. ... Older brother of NHL player Kip Miller. ... Nephew of former college hockey player Elwood "Butch" Miller. ... First cousin of former minor-leaguer Dean Miller. ... First cousin, once removed, of NHL player Ryan Miller, former college hockey players Curtis Gemmel and Taylor Gemmel, and college hockey player Drew Miller.
HOW HE GOT AWAY
TRADE: N.Y. Rangers traded Miller, Jim Cummins and Dennis Vial to Detroit in exchange for Joe Kocur and Per Djoos on March 5, 1991.

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Total Selected: 250
Forwards: 142
Defense: 88
Goaltenders: 20
Major Junior: 110
Tier II/Jr. B: 16/9
College Players: 23
High School: 47
Midget: 4
U.S. Junior B: 1
Canadian: 145
Euro-Canadian: 2
USA Citizens: 62
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European: 41
Reached NHL: 102
Stanley Cup: 20
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Olympians: 31
 
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