Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Warren Miller
Warren Miller was selected in the 21st round, 241st overall in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft by the New York Rangers. The chances of anyone taken that low in the draft actually making it to the NHL for any period of time would normally be next to none, but Miller defied those odds playing 262 games in the NHL and another 238 in the former WHA.

After starring for South St. Paul high school in Minnesota, Miller enrolled at the University of Minnesota where he enjoyed a tremendous four-year collegiate career. Miller helped the Golden Gophers to two NCAA championship titles in his sophomore and senior years in 1974 and 1976. He emerged as a dominant offensive force in his final year scoring 26 goals and 57 points in 44 games.

Upon finishing school, Miller opted to join the WHA and the Calgary Cowboys who held is playing rights. He dressed for three games in 1975-76 and earned a regular spot in the lineup the following year, playing 80 games and scoring 23 goals and 55 points. He also represented the United States at the World Championships where he had two goals and four points in ten games. When the Calgary franchise folded, Miller was obtained by the Edmonton Oilers where he played for 18 games before being traded to Quebec in November, 1977. But the very next year he was on the move again, this time to the New England Whalers where he played the entire 1978-79 season.

The WHA folded and Miller's NHL rights were reclaimed by the New York Rangers where he played 55 games in 1979-80. In the offseason he was traded to the Hartford Whalers for cash on August 7, 1980. Miller played three years with the Whalers before retiring after the 1982-83 campaign. He also represented the U.S. at the World Championships for a second time in 1981 and also played in the 1981 Canada Cup.

In 262 NHL games Miller scored 40 goals and 90 points, far beyond the expectations of most picks taken 241st overall in the draft.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 South St. Paul High School High-MN
1972-73 University of Minnesota WCHA 32 5 3 8 22
1973-74 University of Minnesota WCHA 40 11 16 27 34
1974-75 University of Minnesota WCHA 41 16 21 37 40
1975-76 University of Minnesota WCHA 44 26 31 57 50
1975-76 Calgary Cowboys WHA 3 0 0 0 0 10 1 0 1 28
1976-77 Calgary Cowboys WHA 80 23 32 55 51 3 0 0 0 0
1976-77 United States WEC-A 10 2 2 4 4
1977-78 Edmonton Oilers WHA 18 2 4 6 18
1977-78 Quebec Nordiques WHA 60 14 24 38 50 11 0 2 2 0
1978-79 New England Whalers WHA 77 26 23 49 44 10 0 8 8 28
1979-80 New York Rangers NHL 55 7 6 13 17 -6 6 1 0 1 0
1980-81 Hartford Whalers NHL 77 22 22 44 37 -31
1980-81 United States WEC-A 7 3 2 5 4
1981-82 United States Can-Cup 6 2 0 2 2
1981-82 Hartford Whalers NHL 74 10 12 22 68 -14
1982-83 Hartford Whalers NHL 56 1 10 11 15 -13
NHL Totals 262 40 50 90 137 6 1 0 1 0


NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1975) Selected by Vancouver (WHA) in 1974 WHA Amateur Draft, May, 1974. WHA rights transferred to Calagry (WHA) after Vancouver (WHA) franchise relocated, May 7, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton (WHA) after Calgary (WHA) franchise folded, May 31, 1977. Traded to Quebec (WHA) by Edmonton (WHA) with Rick Morris, Ken Broderick and Dave Inkpen for Don McLeod and Pierre Guite, November, 1977. Traded to New England (WHA) by Quebec (WHA) for Jean-Louis Levasseur, September, 1978. Reclaimed by NY Rangers from Hartford prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Traded to Hartford by NY Rangers for cash, August 7, 1980.