September 9, 2012

Canisius has high hopes for freshman Miller

By Jesse Connolly

Atlantic Hockey’s Canisius College formally announced the addition of five players to their hockey program for the 2012-13 season on Friday. Of the two American-born members of the group, one is a New England native and former EJHL standout.

Boxborough, Mass., native Stephen Miller will join the Griffins as a freshman this season. The 6-foot-2 forward previously played with the Eastern Junior Hockey League’s Boston Jr. Bruins and New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs.

Miller, who turned 19 in January, had his best junior season to date in 2011-12. In 43 games, he buried 15 goals and added 29 assists. His 44 points placed him in a tie for third on the Monarchs’ regular season scoring list. Miller was named to the EJHL All-Star Team and competed in 2011 Junior Club World Cup in Russia.

The Bay State native stepped it up big time for New Hampshire in the postseason, burying five goals and adding four assists for a team-best nine points in seven contests to help the Monarchs win their third consecutive Eastern Junior Hockey League championship.

Griffins head coach Dave Smith is excited to add a player with Miller’s skill-set to his roster.

"Stephen is a big, strong power forward with excellent hands," Smith said. "He reminds me a lot of (current Griffin) Taylor Law and we expect similar things out of him."

Law tied for the team lead with 26 points as a sophomore last season.

Miller and the other incoming freshman will look to help Canisius climb up the Atlantic Hockey standings. The Griffins finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 10-22-4 record.

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