Ryan Miller makes the Spartan Nation proud. Allison Crawford explains!

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By Allison Crawford

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Growing up in a little town just a few minutes from East Lansing, I heard a lot about Michigan State sports. One name that is famous around Michigan and is becoming more and more famous around the nation is Ryan Miller. With a 3-0 lead over the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Miller and the Buffalo Sabres are looking to head to round three.Â

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Miller grew up in East Lansing and had two dreams. His first was to play hockey for Michigan State University. As we all know, he did play hockey for MSU and he had an extremely successful career there too. He made second-team All-CCHA his first year at MSU and was named the top player in college hockey his second year. After three years at MSU, Miller made his decision to leave and fulfill the other dream he had growing up. In 1999, Miller was the fifth round draft pick for the Buffalo Sabres. Being the fifth round draft pick allowed Miller to play hockey at MSU. In 2002, Miller left for Buffalo. Miller was reassigned to Rochester, the minor league team affiliated with Buffalo. He was able to improve his skills while playing in the American Hockey League. On December 10, 2005, Miller was called back to Buffalo and has played there since. He is currently the starting goalie for Buffalo and averages .914 saves. Miller was the goalie for round one in the series against the Philadelphia Flyers.Â

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After establishing a name for himself here in East Lansing, Miller is to the point in his professional career where he is making a name for himself in the NHL. No matter where Miller plays, whether he stays with Buffalo or gets traded, he will always have the loyal Spartan Nation to support him.Â

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