Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, who is notoriously shy about personal matters, has confirmed (reluctantly) that he became engaged to girlfriend Noureen DeWulf over the weekend.
"We're definitely happy," said Miller, 30, after Tuesday's pregame skate at HSBC Arena.
"I hope that we have a lot of fun here in Buffalo. She does love the city and loves coming here and spending time. You know, I think part of it is everyone here has been really awesome, really welcoming when they are able to meet her and talk to her, so we do appreciate the people who have shown us a lot of support because she makes me really happy," Miller said.
Miller, who many would agree is the most recognizable and popular athlete now working in Buffalo, was drafted by the Sabres in 1999 and has been starting goalie since the 2005-06 season. He grew up in East Lansing, Mich., and won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player at Michigan State in 2001.
Actress-model DeWulf, 26, was described by columnist Liz Smith in 2007 as "a New York-born, Muslim-raised, self-described 'redneck' girl" who grew up in Stone Mountain, Ga., with parents who came from India. She has had a number of small roles in movies and television, including "Ocean's Thirteen," and "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past."
DeWulf first came into the public spotlight as the star of the 2007 Academy Award-winning short film "West Bank Story" in which she played Fatima, a Palestinian fast-food cashier who falls in love with an Israeli soldier.
Miller didn't give any more information on when the couple plans to wed.