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J. T. Miller
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Born March 14 1993 (1993-03-14) (age 24),
East Palestine, Ohio, U.S.
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team New York Rangers
Ntl. team Flag of the United States United States of America
NHL Draft 15th overall, 2011
New York Rangers
Playing career 2012–present


Jonathan Tanner "J. T." Miller (born March 14, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey left winger for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] He was selected by the Rangers in the first round, 15th overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. A versatile player, Miller can play as a center or winger.

Early lifeEdit

Miller grew up in a residential area in East Palestine, Ohio, blocks away from the East Palestine Ohio Elementary, Middle and High Schools, attending all three, albeit only for the sophomore year of the latter. He began playing ice hockey at a young age and also participated in other organized athletics, including baseball and football. Miller played for several ice hockey teams from the age of five through 12 before ending up with the Pittsburgh Hornets from age 12 to age 16, as at the time his family was living in the Pittsburgh suburb of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.[2] In 2009, Miller moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to participate in USA Hockey's two-year National Team Development Program (US NTDP).

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

Miller began 2009–10 with the US NTDP of the United States Hockey League (USHL).[3] After two seasons playing in the program, he was then selected in the first round, 15th overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.[4]

For the 2011–12 season, Miller transitioned to major junior ice hockey, joining the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Towards latter stages of the season, he then joined the Connecticut Whale, the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, for their run in the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs. He registered one assist in eight playoff games, and after Connecticut was eliminated, Miller was added to the Rangers' playoff roster.[5]

ProfessionalEdit

In his second game playing for the Rangers, Miller scored his first career NHL goal on February 7, 2013, as a Ranger at the 1:29 mark of the first period against Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders. He would score again in the 2nd period.

After the 2012–13 Whale season, Miller was added to the Rangers' 2013 playoff roster.[6]

Miller wore #47 during the 2012-13 season, but for 2013-14 switched to wearing #10, which had been worn by Marian Gaborik the previous season. Miller split time between the Rangers and the Wolf Pack during the 2013-14 season, but did not play with the Rangers during their run to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

Miller finally secured a full-time roster spot with the Rangers during the 2014-15 season, putting up 10 goals and 13 assists (23 points) in 58 games.

Miller had a breakout season in 2015-16, scoring 22 goals and 21 assists (43 points), at times finding himself on the Rangers top line with Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello. After the season, Miller signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract extension with the Rangers.[7]

International playEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of the United States United States
World Junior Championships
Gold 2013 Ufa
IIHF World U18 Championship
Gold 2011 Germany
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Gold 2010 Ontario

Miller represented the United States junior team at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he played in six games, scoring two goals and two assists.[8][9]

Miller was also selected to represent the United States at the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he led the team with seven assists and tied for the team lead with nine points, winning a gold medal in the process.[10]

Miller represented Team North America (age 23 and under team) in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Career statistics Edit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10US NTDPUSHL29571232
2010–11US NTDPUSHL213121548
2011–12Plymouth WhalersOHL612537626113281018
2011–12Connecticut WhaleAHL80112
2012–13Connecticut WhaleAHL428152329
2012–13New York RangersNHL262248
2013–14New York RangersNHL30336184 0 2 2 2
2013–14Hartford Wolf PackAHL4115284347
2014–15Hartford Wolf PackAHL18691512
2014–15New York RangersNHL5810132323191782
2015–16New York RangersNHL82222143465 0 3 3 4
NHL totals1963739769528112138

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States U-17 Gold medal icon 6 5 4 9 28
2011 United States U18 Gold medal icon 6 4 9 13 6
2012 United States WJC 7th 6 2 2 4 0
2013 United States WJC Gold medal icon 7 2 7 9 2
2016 Team North America WCH 5th 1 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 25 13 22 35 36

ReferencesEdit

  1. Leonard, Pat. "Rangers recall J.T. Miller to replace grieving Chris Kreider in Saturday's lineup vs. Flyers following death of Kreider's grandfather", New York Daily News, November 29, 2014. Retrieved on 2014-11-29. Archived from the original on 2014-12-05. 
  2. NHL Draft: Coraopolis's Miller ranks high among power forwards - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  3. Two Team USA Forwards Commit to North Dakota. USHL (October 27, 2010). Retrieved on June 24, 2011.
  4. First-rounder Miller agrees to terms. New York Rangers (July 28, 2011). Retrieved on January 5, 2012.
  5. Gourlie, M. (May 15, 2012). McIlrath added to Rangers playoff roster. Moose Jaw Times-Herald. Retrieved on May 16, 2012.
  6. Rangers call up 10 players from Whale. New York Rangers (April 28, 2013). Retrieved on April 29, 2013.
  7. https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-rangers-jt-miller-agree-to-contract/c-281166056
  8. Miller makes U.S. World Junior team. New York Rangers (December 22, 2011). Retrieved on January 5, 2012.
  9. Player Statistics by Team - USA. IIHF. Retrieved on January 5, 2012.
  10. Player Statistics by Team: USA. IIHF. Retrieved on January 7, 2013.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dylan McIlrath
New York Rangers first round draft pick
2011
Succeeded by
Brady Skjei

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