Buffalo, NY – It’s time for Miller again in Buffalo.
The Sabers honor the leader of their guards franchise in victories and games with retired Ryan Miller’s number 30 jersey next season.
The team was announced by Launch a video The Friday that showed Miller reported this honor while touring Sabers Square with his wife, mother, sister and two children. The announcement coincided with Miller’s trip to Buffalo, where he participated in a press conference to discuss his induction into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame later this year.
It’s Miller time.
Next season, the number 30 will take its rightful place in the rafters. pic.twitter.com/3Z2Mos4kso
– Buffalo Sabres June 10, 2022
Beginning in 2002-03, Miller spent his first 10+ seasons in the NHL playing with the Sabers. The Michigan State lead was picked by Buffalo in the fifth round of the 1999 draft. He set a record for Buffalo in goalkeeping with 284 wins and 540 appearances before eventually setting a mark on American-born goalkeepers with 391 career victories. He retired after the 2020-21 season.
From East Lansing, Michigan, Miller also played for the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks before concluding a four-year spell with the Anaheim Ducks.
Miller became a star while leading the Sabers to back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals in 2006 and 2007, with Buffalo losing both times.
His best season came in 2009-2010, when Miller won the Vezina Cup as the best NHL goalkeeper and was awarded the Olympic MVP award for US support for the silver medal at the Vancouver Games.
Although he now lives in Southern California, 41-year-old Miller considered Buffalo where he grew up as a person and player.
The video shows The Sabers Miller standing on the ring floor in front of his former home grid with his son Boddy. Former broadcaster “Rick Jennert” appears on the video screen of the advertisement.
“Ryan, in more than five decades, no player has worn a Buffalo jacket that will stand out with more authenticity, intensity and pride than you have been doing for 12 unforgettable years,” said Jennert, who retired after this season. “Believe me, I’ve seen them all.”
Miller became the second Cypress goalkeeper to retire after Dominic Hasek. Miller wore No. 39 in honor of Hasek in college before moving to No. 30 after turning pro.
He has 391 wins, more than Hasek, 14th in the NHL.
The Sabers will determine the date they honor Miller once the NHL schedule is released.