Jun 4, 2010, 12:30 PM EST
With all due respect to Patrick Kane and Brian Rafalski, no two people contributed more to American hockey in the last season than goalie Ryan Miller and executive Brian Burke. It shouldn’t be too surprising, then, that USA Hockey is honoring both at its President’s Awards Dinner on June 12, part of its 2010 Annual Congress.
Ryan Miller shall be this year’s recipient of the Bob Johnson award, named after the legendary coach nicknamed “Badger.” Along with producing an outstanding NHL season with the Buffalo Sabres (he contributed greatly even when Buffalo faltered in the playoffs, by the way), the American goalie made a name for himself with an outstanding Olympics performance.
Miller posted a tournament-best .946 save percentage in six games and his 1.35 goals-against average is the lowest in U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team history.
Brian Burke’s “day job” consists of working within the pressure cooker that is the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. The outspoken general manager will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award for his contributions to hockey in the U.S., obviously highlighted by his well-crafted silver medal winning U.S. Olympic team.
It’s great to see the two garner praise and kudos for their great work this season. Perhaps this won’t be the last trophy Miller receives this year since he has a great shot at winning the Vezina Trophy.
- Lundqvist hooked after three first-period goals as Rangers’ woes continue 19
- Burke wants the Flames to be — yep, you guessed it — more ‘truculent’ 39
- Flames fire GM Jay Feaster 36
- Video: Projected rise in salary cap could have some players ‘licking their lips’ 19
- Discuss: Blackhawks score big on Rivalry Night on NBCSN 37
- Crosby: If I had to guess Thornton’s suspension, I’d say 10 games 83
- Cowen gets two-game suspension for hit on Girgensons 12
- Rangers must consider Callahan’s injury history in contract talks 13
- The Chip ‘n’ Chase: Outrage over hockey violence, Gary Bettman is a happy man, Darryl Sutter is awesome, and more! 33
- Report: Isles coach Capuano not seen as problem 11
- Video: Penguins’ Orpik stretchered off ice; Bruins’ Thornton given match penalty (184)
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head (156)
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ (138)
- Pens put Orpik on IR (132)
- Orpik suffers from concussion, including memory loss (118)