If you haven’t watched men’s hockey in the Olympics over the past two weeks, you missed some incredible hockey. No one meant more to his team over the past two weeks than Ryan Miller. Ryan is the starting goalie for the Buffalo Sabres and was the US top goalie for the Olympics. Team USA was the 6th ranked team coming into the Olympics behind Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland, and Slovakia.
USA wasn’t expected to even win their pool, let alone get to the Olympic finals. It is fair to say that without Miller, they would have never made it to the semi-finals. Miller has always been one of those under-appreciated guys that completely flies under the radar. Yet year after year he keeps the Sabres in playoff contention. Since being named the Sabres starter he has never won fewer than 30 games in a season.
Even with 176 wins in his career and only 29 he could be one of the best goalies of all time when his career is over. Don’t get me wrong, he won’t be passing Roy or Brodeur in career wins, but he certainly will be among the best goaltenders ever. Of course following the Olympics, his status of flying under the radar is more than likely over.
As far as his hobby value, his autographs have been going up over these past two weeks. Before the Olympics you could have his autographed cards for between $8 – $12. However, thanks to his amazing play, his autographs are fetching between $25 – $45 and are steadily going up. The hidden gem of the NHL is exposed and people are going nuts for his cards. Even though the US took silver, Ryan Miller is now an American Hero whether he wants to be one or not.