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.