Miller vows not to retire yet
Kevan Miller claims that he is not thinking about hanging his uniform and helmet just yet. Despite having uncertainties regarding his future in the NHL, he insists that there is still some game left in him. He would definitely love to get back into action and play once more.
The Boston Bruins defenceman is set to become a free agent in the offseason. He has not played for more than a year after suffering an injury to his right knee back in April 2019. He was set to make a return this season, but further setbacks have forced him to hold back.
Miller has also missed the club’s run to the Stanley Cup Final last season, where they lost to the St. Louis Blues in seven games. He claims that if there is one more chance for him to play for the Bruins, he would not let it pass by.
‘It's been a long haul’, he said of his injury that has forced him out of action for more than a year. ‘It's taken a toll. Mentally, physically, it's taken a toll. My injury was not a very common one and then to have it break again is even more uncommon’.
Miller has played all of his six seasons in the NHL for the Bruins. He is also the team’s candidate for the Masterton Trophy, which is awarded yearly in honour of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication. The Bruins recognise his grit for trying to come back from his injury.
The defenceman claimed that he wants to be healthy, and he is working well to get his knee back to normal. Tying his shoes was a milestone for him, and he is slowly getting to a level where he can walk casually and go up and down the stairs. Hockey is a goal not too far behind.
In 324 games with the Bruins, Miller has gathered 67 points coming off 12 goals and 55 assists while playing a strong physical presence. Now he wants to help them and prove that he is still the big star the team asked for.
‘It's a tough pill to swallow when you're showing up to the rink and you can't help the guys and it's been so long since you've been able to play a game’, said Miller. ‘But I'm not losing hope on that at all. If anything, it's pushed me to push more and make sure that I'm doing it the right way to get back out there’.
The long pause allowed him to heal without being pressured to return, and that is a good thing. He hopes that he can actually get back to the ice rink very soon so he can help the team in the best way that he can.
Miller wants to redeem himself, and the Bruins should give him a chance to make things happen by his hand later on.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores