Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kelly Miller
Left-winger Kelly Miller was a fine playmaker and checker who played nearly 1,000 NHL games in the 1980s and '90s. His quick hands made him a dangerous passer and a tough opponent on faceoffs.

Born in Lansing, Michigan, Miller was chosen 183rd overall by the New York Rangers in 1982 after a solid freshman year with Michigan State. The young forward represented the U.S. at the 1982 and 1983 World Junior Championships and was named to the CCHA first all-star team after scoring 50 points as captain of the Spartans in 1984-85. Late that season, Miller joined the Rangers for five regular season and three playoff games before playing for Team USA at the World Championships.

In 1985-86, Miller scored 13 goals and played solid defence and helped the team reach the Prince of Wales Conference finals. The next year, he was traded to the Washington Capitals along with Mike Ridley for former 50-goal scorer Bob Carpenter. Miller was one of the Caps' best workers for many years. His creativity on offense and his willingness to stay with his man and backcheck helped the club reach the Stanley semi-finals in 1990 and the final in 1998. He was also the club's NHLPA representative and served as interim team captain twice.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Detroit Adrays MNHL
1979-80 Redford Royals GLJHL 45 31 37 68 6
1980-81 Redford Royals GLJHL 48 39 51 90 8
1980-81 United States WJC-A 5 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 38 11 18 29 17
1981-82 United States WJC-A 7 2 4 6 0
1982-83 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 36 16 19 35 12
1982-83 United States WJC-A 7 0 1 1 0
1983-84 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 46 28 21 49 12
1984-85 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 43 27 23 50 21
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 5 0 2 2 2 -2 3 0 0 0 2
1984-85 United States WEC-A 10 2 3 5 2
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 74 13 20 33 52 +3 16 3 4 7 4
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 38 6 14 20 22 -5
1986-87 Washington Capitals NHL 39 10 12 22 26 +10 7 2 2 4 0
1987-88 United States Can-Cup 5 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Washington Capitals NHL 80 9 23 32 35 +9 14 4 4 8 10
1988-89 Washington Capitals NHL 78 19 21 40 45 +13 6 1 0 1 2
1988-89 United States WEC-A 9 2 4 6 2
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 80 18 22 40 49 -2 15 3 5 8 23
1990-91 Washington Capitals NHL 80 24 26 50 29 +10 11 4 2 6 6
1991-92 Washington Capitals NHL 78 14 38 52 49 +20 7 1 2 3 4
1992-93 Washington Capitals NHL 84 18 27 45 32 -2 6 0 3 3 2
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 84 14 25 39 32 +8 11 2 7 9 0
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 48 10 13 23 6 +5 7 0 3 3 4
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 74 7 13 20 30 +7 6 0 1 1 4
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 77 10 14 24 33 +4
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 76 7 7 14 41 -2 10 0 1 1 4
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 62 2 5 7 29 -5
1998-99 United States WC-A 6 0 1 1 2
1999-00 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL
1999-00 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 26 4 4 8 8 +11 7 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 1057 181 282 463 512 119 20 34 54 65


Brother of Kevin and Kip
CCHA First All-Star Team (1985)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1985)
Traded to Washington by NY Rangers with Bob Crawford and Mike Ridley for Bob Carpenter and Washington's 2nd round choice (Jason Prosofsky) in 1989 Entry Draft, January 1, 1987. Signed as a free agent by Grand Rapids (IHL), February 14, 2000.
Officially announced his retirement and named Assistant Coach of NY Islanders, August 14, 2001.