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Honoured Member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame

Perry Miller

Perry Elvin Miller

  • Born: June 24, 1952 in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Position: Left Wing / Defense


In 1972-73 he signed with the Charlotte Checkers of the EHL and in 1973-74 was a Second All-Star. Signed with the Jets in the summer of 1974 and he was immediately converted from a defenseman to a winger by coach Rudy Pilous. At first, he struggled in his new position, but handled the switch well over the next season and a half before being dealt to the Minnesota Fighting Saints. After the Fighting Saints folded a month later, Miller rejoined the Jets, and coach Bobby Kromm returned him to his natural position on the blue line. The 1976-1977 season was his best as a Jet and he was the Jets' most consistent defender that year. In 1977-78 Miller decided to take up an offer from the NHL's Detroit red Wings, signing a free agent contract on July 8. He took a regular shift on the Red Wings defense, playing in 62 and 75 games over the next two years, respectively. In 1979-80 Miller played 16 games in Detroit with the balance of his year being played in Adirondack. He returned for one more season with Detroit in 1980-81, playing in 64 games and retired as a member of the Adirondack Red Wings after the 1981-82 season. He later worked as a color commentator on the Jets' radio broadcasts. In a game in October 1975, he sustained a serious eye injury as a result of a high stick, prompting Bobby Hull to sit out one game in protest over the increasing level of violence in pro hockey.
On 1 February 1977, Miller scored four times in an 11-1 rout over the Edmonton Oilers and set a WHA record for most goals by a defenseman in one game.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1969-70 West Kildonan North Stars MJHL
1970-71 West Kildonan North Stars MJHL 40 3 11 14 179
1971-72 West Kildonan North Stars MJHL 39 15 23 38 187
1972-73 Charlotte Checkers EHL 65 3 20 23 126 -- -- -- -- --
1973-74 Charlotte Checkers SHL 66 12 31 43 203 13 5 8 13 35
1974-75 Winnipeg Jets WHA 67 9 19 28 133 -- -- -- -- --
1975-76 Winnipeg Jets WHA 47 7 6 13 41 -- -- -- -- --
Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 13 1 4 5 11 -- -- -- -- --
1976-77 Winnipeg Jets WHA 74 14 31 45 124 20 4 6 10 27
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 62 4 17 21 120 -- -- -- -- --
1978-79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 5 23 28 156 -- -- -- -- --
1979-80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 16 0 3 3 41 -- -- -- -- --
Adirondack Red Wings AHL 55 9 27 36 155 5 3 0 3 6
1980-81 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 4 1 1 2 47 -- -- -- -- --
Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 1 8 9 70 -- -- -- -- --
1981-82 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 58 12 31 43 118 2 0 0 0 10
NHL Totals 217 10 51 61 387 -- -- -- -- --
WHA Totals 201 31 60 91 309 20 4 6 10 27

Awards & Achievements Edit

  • SHL Second All-Star Team (1974)
  • Set WHA record for most goals by a defenseman in a game (1977)
  • “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame

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