Ryan Miller was named assistant coach of the United States men’s ice hockey team for the 2022 Beijing Olympics on Friday.
The 41-year-old has the most wins by a U.S.-born goalie in NHL history. He was 390-289-86 with one tie, a 2.64 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and 44 shutouts in 794 games (770 starts) with the Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks. He was 28-27 with a 2.52 GAA, .913 save percentage and three shutouts in 57 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
“Very honored to join a talented @usahockey coaching staff and represent @TeamUSA in the Olympics once again!” Miller said on Twitter.
Miller, who won the Vezina Trophy as voted the best goalie in the NHL with the Sabres in 2009-10, helped the U.S. finish second at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, where he was 5-1 with a 1.35 GAA, .946 save percentage and one shutout. He also played at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where he was 1-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .944 save percentage. The U.S. finished fourth.
Miller retired from the NHL after last season, when he was 3-8-1 with a 3.60 GAA and .882 save percentage in 14 games (12 starts) with the Ducks.
“I kind of thought this year would probably be my last year and wanted to take the time to appreciate everything about the game,” Miller said on April 29, the day he announced his retirement. “It’s been a good year. I’ve been able to soak it in. I could have waited to retire, but just felt like this would be a good way to say goodbye, with some time to appreciate it and tell the guys, so I could enjoy the moment.”
Nashville Predators coach John Hynes, Pittsburgh Penguins assistant Todd Reirden and former New York Rangers coach David Quinn were also named assistant coaches to the U.S. Olympic team Friday. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was named U.S. coach July 28.
Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is holding the same role with the U.S. men’s ice hockey team.
“We’ve got a great coaching staff in place,” Bowman said. “It’s a group that knows what it takes to be successful, and through their unique and varied backgrounds will help put our team in the best position to win the gold medal.”
The League and the NHL Players’ Association announced Friday they have reached an agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation to confirm a break in the 2021-22 NHL regular-season schedule to accommodate the participation of NHL players in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. It will be the first Olympics for NHL players since 2014 and the first best-on-best international tournament since the World Cup of Hockey 2016 in Toronto. The agreement allows for the possibility of a later decision to withdraw in the event evolving COVID-19 conditions are deemed by the NHL and NHLPA to render participation by NHL players to be impractical or unsafe.
The 2021-22 NHL season will break from Feb. 3-22 for the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and the Olympic men’s hockey tournament, which culminates with the gold medal game Feb. 20.