Sabres to retire Ryan Miller’s number next season

Posted: 12/06/2022 in NHL
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The Buffalo Sabres will raise Ryan Miller’s No. 30 to the rafters in 2022-23.

Miller spent more than the first decade of his career with the Sabres before retiring as a member of the Anaheim Ducks following the 2021 campaign.

The Michigan-born former goaltender will join Hockey Hall of Famer Dominik Hasek as the only two netminders in franchise history to have their number retired.

Miller is the Sabres’ all-time leader in games played at the position (540), wins (284), and saves (14,847). He’s tied with Robin Lehner for second on the team in save percentage (.916) among those who played at least 30 games.

The 18-year veteran, who’ll turn 42 in July, is the winningest U.S.-born goalie in NHL history (391) and the all-time leader in games played by an American puck-stopper (796).

Miller helped the Sabres make back-to-back conference final appearances in 2005-06 (his first full season) and 2006-07. He won the Vezina Trophy with the club in 2009-10 after going 41-18-8 with a .929 save percentage in 69 contests.

The netminder was also phenomenal for the U.S. at the 2010 Olympic Games, posting a .946 save percentage and leading the Americans to the gold medal game, which they lost to Canada in overtime.

Buffalo has retired seven players’ numbers:

PLAYERNUMBER
Tim Horton2
Rick Martin7
Gilbert Perreault11
Rene Robert14
Pat LaFontaine16
Danny Gare18
Dominik Hasek39

The Sabres raised Hasek’s jersey to the rafters in 2015.

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