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Eddie Miller
Born Leetonia, Minnesota, USA
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Navy United States Navy
Years of service 1945-1947

Edward "Eddie" Miller was an American ice hockey Forward and Defenceman who was a member of the inaugural recruiting class at Denver.[1]


The son of Croatian immigrants, Miller was born in raised in Leetonia, Minnesota, now a part of Hibbing. After graduating from Hibbing High School he joined the navy and served for two years. After returning home he worked as a miner for two years before getting his chance at college hockey. Denver University began its ice hockey program in 1949 and Miller was in the first class of players to be invited to join the team. He didn't play on the varsity squad during his freshman season as the NCAA had rules stipulating that students were only permitted to play three year on any varsity team, but by the start of his sophomore year, Miller was with the big squad. Miller was one of the reasons why Denver nearly tripled its win total in the second season and then finished with an 18–6–1 mark in his junior season. Denver narrowly missed out on making its first NCAA tournament appearance in 1952 but Miller did receive recognition as one of the top defensemen that season with his selection as an AHCA First Team All-American,[2] the first in the history of the program.[3]

After leaving Denver in 1953, Miller returned to Minnesota and worked as a teacher and ice hockey coach in Baudette and Wayzata for over 30 years. Miller continued to play throughout the 1950s, winning the national senior amateur championship with the Minneapolis Bungalow team in 1957. A year later Miller played for the US national team at the 1958 Ice Hockey World Championships but finished disappointed in 5th-place.[4]

Late in life, Miller was inducted into both the Hibbing Hall of Fame (1996) and the Denver Athletic Hall of Fame (2000).


Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1950–51 Denver NCAA 26 18 44
1951–52 Denver NCAA 8 14 22 38
1952–53 Denver MCHL 10 5 15
NCAA totals 44 37 81


Year Team   GP G A Pts PIM
1958 United States 6 0 1 1 4

Awards and honors

Award Year
All-MCHL First Team 1951–52 [5]
AHCA First Team All-American 1951–52 [2]
All-MCHL First Team 1952–53 [5]


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