Archives for February 2010

Wings’ Drew Miller rooting for big brother Ryan on Team USA

‘"We had a lot of fun growing up," Drew said. "We played ball hockey in the basement. We played street hockey. We played video game hockey. We played every kind of hockey. We are real good friends. We talk all the time and we hang out in the summers. We spend as much time together as we can in the summer."’

Kaleta thankful for break

‘“It was good to be away from the rink and do nothing, because if we had the option to skate I probably would have,” he said. “Even though I couldn’t skate backwards or do anything like that, I’d push myself if the team needed me to.”’

Friday’s Portland Coverage

AHL team reportedly near deal in Albany (Portland Press Herald)

U.S. win over Canada quite ‘filling’ for Stafford

‘“Millsie’s doing an unbelievable job,” he said. “Everyone’s obviously proud of him here. He’s making that team tick there right now.”’

Sabres start ramping up to play again

‘"My ankle feels a lot better than it did. I feel pretty confident in being ready to go," said Kaleta, who is wearing a protective cover on his left skate. "We want to come out and have a strong start. I shouldn’t say pick up where we left off because we were struggling when we left there (1-4-2), but we have to get back to playing the way we know how to play and start progressing as a team and be a powerhouse."’

Unfazed goalie Miller keeping Team USA unbeaten

‘“We didn’t get frustrated about it,” defenseman Brian Rafalski said. “The guys just stuck with it. The more boring [Miller] is the better he is. It just means he’s in position, he’s seeing the puck. He’s square and that’s when he’s big. When he’s big, he’s good.”’

US goalie Ryan Miller is enjoying the moment

‘"I expected the Swiss to counterattack every once in a while," U.S. coach Ron Wilson said. "But with a goalie like Ryan Miller … you expect big saves. And we got them."’

Thursday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates proud despite defeat (Portland Press Herald)

Vesce sparks Sharks past Portland (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)

Worcester finds confidence at the top (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)

Pirates and Civic Center board still talking (WCSH-TV)

Civic Center Trustees hold lengthy meeting to discuss future (Maine Hockey Journal)

Sharks Slip Past Pirates to End Point Streak (

O Captain! My Captain! Vesce Powers Sharks Past Pirates, 3-1 (

Regier keeps his eyes on Portland prospects

‘"Without going specifically into individual players, some of these guys will have to play next year, or they’re certainly going to have an opportunity to play next year and/or the year after. That’s the work that they’re doing and I’m watching."’

In net, USA’s Ryan Miller is backbone of gold hockey hope

‘"I’m starting to wonder if his heartbeat ever elevates," U.S. forward David Backes said. "He’s cool, calm, collected. Even after that 42-save performance against Canada, we might have got a half of a smile out of him."’

Wednesday’s Portland Coverage

A tie for first, at last (Portland Press Herald)

Enroth stops Penguins and their streak (Wilkes-Barre Times Leader)

Portland snaps Penguins’ win streak (Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice)

New AHL tenant could retain name (Albany Times Union)

Portland Pirates staying or going? (WCSH-TV)

Pirates keep finding ways to victory (Maine Hockey Journal)

Enroth Leads Pirates to Eighth Straight Home Win (

Pirates end Pens’ streak with 2-1 Win (

Buffalo Sabres fortunate they drafted goalie Ryan Miller

‘Who are Brian Finley, Maxime Ouellet, Ari Ahonen, Alex Auld, Simon Lejeunesse, Jan Lasak, Evgeny Konstantinov, Craig Anderson, Johan Asplund, Jean-Francois Laniel, Adam Hauser, Sebastien Caron, Cory Campbell, Rob Zepp, Evan Lindsay and Jean-Francois Nogues?…The 16 goalies selected ahead of Ryan Miller in the 1999 NHL entry draft (Buffalo picked Miller No. 138 overall).’

Ryan Miller’s stand impresses Ron Mason

‘The legendary former MSU coach said Miller’s performance and the American victory could be a boon for youth hockey here, much like the U.S. upset of the Soviets was in 1980. "It means so much," Mason said.’

Craig & Miller share special connection

‘Of the 18,000 witnesses in the house, only one set of eyes could understand what was really going on behind Miller’s busy, colorful goalie’s mask, because once upon a time in a city called Lake Placid, he had seen something that looked an awful lot like what Miller was seeing.’

U.S.A. goaltender Ryan Miller’s Regina connection

‘"How can you cheer against your family?” Regina’s Kaley Bancescue said via telephone from Vancouver after watching the Americans defeat Canada 5-3 at Canada Hockey Place on Sunday night.’