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Ryan Miller named assistant coach for Team USA at Beijing Olympics

Ryan Miller named assistant coach for Team USA at Beijing Olympics

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Anaheim Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller makes a save on the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at the KeyBank Center, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Ryan Miller's Twitter feed currently lists his first job outside the NHL as "Mite B general manager". But the longtime former Sabres goalie got a much bigger off-ice role Friday afternoon.

A couple of hours after the NHL and NHLPA announced it had reached a deal with the International Ice Hockey Federation to send players to the Olympics in Beijing come February, Team USA announced that Miller will serve as one of its assistant coaches under Pittsburgh head man Mike Sullivan.

Sullivan's staff will include Miller, Nashville coach John Hynes, Pittsburgh assistant and former Washington head coach Todd Reirden and David Quinn, the former New York Rangers coach.

Miller, 41, retired in May after his final season with the Anaheim Ducks and finished with 391 regular-season wins, the most for a U.S.-born netminder in NHL history.

He's most remembered, of course, for his performance at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, when he earned MVP honors after posting a 1.35 goals-against average and .946 save percentage. Despite Miller's heroics, the Americans settled for a silver medal after Sidney Crosby beat Miller for the Golden Goal in overtime of the gold medal game to give Canada a 3-2 victory.

Miller won the Vezina Trophy and led the Sabres to a division championship in 2010 while posting career-highs in wins (41), GAA (2.22) and save percentage (.929). In a career that spanned from 2002-2014, he is Buffalo's all-time leader among goalies in games played (540), wins (284), minutes (31,659) and saves (14,847).

He's second to Dominik Hasek in shutouts (28) and save percentage (.916), and third in GAA (2.58) behind Hasek (2.22) and Martin Biron (2.53).

Miller was traded to St. Louis in 2014 and finished his career by playing in Vancouver and Anaheim. He had a career record of 391-289-88 in the regular season with a 2.64 GAA and .914 save percentage. In 57 playoff games, he was 28-27, 2.52/.913. 

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