May 1, 2012

Miller Named 2012-13 Captain

Play-Making Forward To Lead Bulldogs
 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Andrew Miller (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) was announced tonight at the team banquet as the captain for the 2012-13 Yale men's hockey team.  He earned this role through three years of productivity and respect on the ice.

Miller, one of college hockey's premier offensive catalysts, has 115 points (14th at Yale) in 104 games. He was voted the best passer on the team the last two years and has been ranked among the nation's leaders in assists each season since coming to New Haven.

"I am grateful that I have been selected to lead such a respected program with such a rich and passionate history," said Miller, voted to the captaincy by his teammates. "To play for such accomplished coaches and to be voted captain by my teammates means the world to me."

In 2011-12, he ranked seventh in Division I with .85 assists per game and was 31st in points (1.06). He led the team with 29 assists.

"I have ambitions of our class leading the team as a collective entity. We need to be a cohesive group of leaders in order for our team to achieve the greatest success," said Miller, who was as poised delivering his state of the team's address as he is creating space, setting up teammates and winning draws.

Miller, a 2010-11 first-team All-ECAC pick, had 12 goals and 45 points that sophomore year. More impressive was that 22 of his 33 assists were primary. His team-high 33 helpers (2nd best at Yale) were a sophomore school record while the 45 points were second on the team.

"I plan on taking what I have learned from Brian [O'Neill], and the other two captains, to establish a leading role both on and off the ice," said the new Eli hockey leader, who mixed in some comedic material with his serious acceptance of the captaincy.

His best offensive weekend as a collegian came that second season when he hit the net three times during the Colgate/Cornell weekend. Miller was 12th in the nation with 1.29 points per contest.

His first collegiate season was a great success. He registered the most (34) points by a Yale rookie since Tom Walsh set the bar with 41 in 1984-85. That 2009-10 campaign he was second among conference rookies with one point per game, which also put him fourth overall in the country for newcomers. He ranked eighth in Division I that year with .85 assists per outing.

Miller, a political science major, was the 2008-09 USA Junior Player of the Year and 2007 Michigan High School Mr. Hockey, who led the USHL in scoring and was the league's "player" and "forward" of the year skating for Chicago Steel as assistant captain.

He is a two-time first-team all-state pick and league MVP (senior year) at Cranbrook Kingswood. Miller led the state in scoring his senior year with 83 points.

"The Yale hockey community is extremely passionate about our team and is another reason why playing at Yale is such an honor."

 

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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