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MILLER WINS VEZINA
June 23, 2010 - Ryan Miller won the Vezina Trophy at the 2009 - 2010 NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. The Vezina is the annual award given to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position as voted by the general managers of all NHL clubs. Tyler Myers won the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year making it a special evening for the Sabres organization.
June 23, 2010 - Ryan Miller won the 12th Annual NHL Foundation Player Award. The award honors an NHL player who stars in improving his community through “commitment, perseverance and teamwork.'' Miller started the Steadfast Foundation in 2006 to help support his cousin Matt who had been diagnosed with leukemia. Miller works support Carly's Club at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY to help young patients and their families better battle the disease.
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June 23, 2010
G Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
D Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
D Mike Green, Washington Capitals
C Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
RW Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
LW Alex Ovechkin, Washington Blackhawks
Both Miller and Keith played college hockey at Michigan State University. Go Green, Go White!!! Spartans!!!
June 8, 2010 - The Professional Nurses Association of WNY, District 1 of the New York State Nurses Association, Inc., awarded Ryan Miller their 2010 Board of Directors Award for his outstanding commitment to the WNY community. The PNA cited Miller’s "dedication to those children and families affected by cancer and the consequences of treatment and ongoing commitment and assistance to numerous families through programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Carly’s Club" as the criteria for their decision. The was presented at the annual awards banquet held at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens with over 300 nurses and their families in attendance.
June 3, 2010 - Ryan Miller, who led the United States to the silver medal at the Olympics in February, will be given the Bob Johnson Award for excellence in international competition by USA Hockey.
Miller was named the top goaltender and most valuable player of February's Games in Vancouver. He posted a tournament-best .946 save percentage in six games, and his 1.35 goals-against average was the lowest in U.S. Olympic history.
The award, named after the legendary coach, was presented by Nike to Miller during USA Hockey's annual congress to be held Thursday through June 13 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
June 2, 2010 - The three finalists for the 2009-10 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone were Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh, Shane Doan of Phoenix, and Ryan Miller of Buffalo. The award was won by Crosby and presented by Messier himself at the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas recently.
The Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone has been awarded since 2006-07 and is awarded "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season." Suggestions for nominees are solicited from fans, clubs and NHL personnel, but the selection of the three finalists and the ultimate winner is made by Mark Messier himself, one of the finest leaders in NHL history; the six-time Stanley Cup champion is one of three players to have captained three teams (Edmonton, NY Rangers, Vancouver).
Previous winners of the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone are Chris Chelios of Detroit (2006-07), Mats Sundin of Toronto (2007-08) and Jarome Iginla of Calgary (2008-09).
A Statement from "Carly’s Club"
June 1, 2010 - Beginning in November 2007, funding from the Steadfast Foundation has provided support to Carly's Club group outings and special events to help children and families cope with the rigors of pediatric cancer treatment. These activities also help families connect with other families facing cancer. Additional programs benefiting from Ryan’s support include: social work and school intervention assistance to help children succeed in classes; the annual Cancer in the Classroom program for families and educators; and programs run in the Pediatric Center at Roswell Park for inpatients, including mentoring, patient milestone parties and the provision of laptops to help children communicate with loved ones and friends.
Ryan Miller has quickly become a hero to children facing cancer due to his on- and off-the-ice leadership. Ryan’s involvement with Carly’s Club has gone beyond the Steadfast partnership – he has become a member of the Carly’s Club family. Amidst his busy schedule, he finds time to spend with Carly’s Club members and their families at many of our special events and spends extra time visiting kids in the hospital. When visiting with a patient, Ryan elicits joyful smiles from both the patient and parents alike with his warm sense of humor and kind nature. More still, Ryan provides Carly’s Club members the opportunity to cheer on the Buffalo Sabres in his suite – a chance for Carly’s Club families to escape the difficult experience of dealing with cancer and an opportunity to show their support of Ryan and his teammates. Carly’s Club salutes Ryan for his generosity, support and friendship.
February 28, 2010 - U.S. goaltender Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres was voted the most valuable player of the men's Olympic hockey tournament after leading his team to the gold medal game. Miller had a 1.35 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in six games, spanning 355 minutes and seven seconds. The tournament all-star team, as selected by the media, also included Brian Rafalski and Zach Parise of the U.S.
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