By John Vogl
Ryan Miller is still playing hockey, so he found it a little surreal that Michigan State was ready to induct him into its Athletic Hall of Fame. After arriving on campus this week and recognizing it had been about a dozen years since he'd hung out at the East Lansing college, he realized the magnitude of the honor.
"It was a pretty amazing experience," the Sabres goaltender said today. "Michigan State has meant a lot to our family. My grandfather came down in the 1950s to go to school there, and every decade after that a member of our family has been there going to school.
"To be inducted into the Hall of Fame after growing up going to football games, hockey games, wearing green and white, learning the fight song before I could speak properly probably, when I was able to get up and say a few words I was actually a lot more emotional than I thought I was going to be."
Miller, his cousin Kip and former Bills coach Hank Bullough were among the five Spartans honored Thursday night. The goalie missed practiced Friday but returned to the ice today.
"It was just another part of my life where I’m just kind of like, Wow, that’s really cool that that got to happen," Miller said. "I’m just trying to be thankful and appreciate it."