Since entering the NHL in 1988-89, centre Kevin Miller has been a solid two-way performer in the pros. His versatility made him a sought after commodity who saw action with nine different teams before heading to Europe in 2000-01.
Born in Lansing, Michigan, Miller was chosen 202nd overall by the New York Rangers in 1984 after a strong year with the Redford Royals of the Great Lakes Junior League. He then spent four years at Michigan State and a season with the U.S. national team in 1987-88. Miller's amateur career culminated with an appearance at the Calgary Olympics.
The young forward split his first two pro seasons between the IHL and the Rangers. After scoring 44 points in 63 games in 1990-91 Miller was traded to the Detroit Red Wings. He lasted a year in Motown where he scored 20 goals in 1991-92 and started the next year in Washington.
In November 1992, Miller was sent to the St. Louis Blues for Paul Cavallini. He registered consecutive 20-goal seasons and played solid defensive hockey for his new club before he was traded to the San Jose Sharks. Late in the 1995-96 the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired him as they prepared for the postseason. Miller was one of the club's steadiest workers and helped them come within a game of reaching the finals.
After brief stints with the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, and Ottawa Senators, Miller found himself with the IHL's Grand Rapids Gryphons in 1999-2000. During the postseason, he topped all skaters with eleven goals and 18 points while helping the club win the Turner Cup. Miller sought a new challenge in 2001-02 when he joined the HC Davos club of Switzerland. He made an immediate impact by leading the Swiss Elite league with 29 goals in 36 games before making a return to North Ameria in 2003-04 with the Detroit Red Wings' organization.
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