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Matt Miller

Defenseman

Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Height 6-1
  • Weight 209
  • Hometown East Palestine, Ohio
  • Junior Team Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)

Ohio State Career

  • 2018 Big Ten All-Tournament Team
  • Played in 119 games in the Scarlet and Gray, with 64 points on 19 goals and 45 assists, along with 188 blocked shots
  • Third among Buckeye defensemen in career points per game since 2003-04 (.54)
  • Ohio State defense was Top 15 in the NCAA each of his last three years, including program-record 2.07 team goals-against average in 2017-18
  • Member of senior class that earned three straight NCAA berths (including a Frozen Four trip in 2018) and was poised for a fourth in 2020 before season was canceled; would have been first group of seniors in program history with four NCAA appearances
  • Part of 2019 Big Ten regular season championship squad, as well as two second-place finishes
  • Tied for sixth in career points in B1G play among all conference defensemen with 39 points on 10 goals and 29 assists, ranking third in goals and seventh in assists; tied for ninth among all skaters with six career gamewinning goals
  • Top 10 in points among Big Ten defensemen each of last three years and led or shared team point lead among blueliners each of those seasons
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

2019-20 (Senior Season)

  • Notched 17 points, with five goals, three on the power play, and 12 assists
  • Tied for sixth in points among B1G defensemen
  • Missed 10 games with injury suffered in game two vs. Omaha Oct. 19, returning to action Dec. 6 vs. Minnesota and played in 26 on the year
  • 1.62 shot blocks per game, with 42 total to rank third on the team; season-high four vs. Minnesota Dec. 7
  • Two helpers vs. Wisconsin March 6 in Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game
  • Gamewinning goal at Michigan State Feb. 21
  • Assist in game one, goal in first minute of game two at Michigan Jan. 31-Feb. 1
  • Power play goal vs. Cornell Jan. 3
  • Played in career game 100 Dec. 27 vs. Colgate and had two assists in the contest
  • Posted five points through first four games (2g, 3a)
  • Led squad with three points in Ice Breaker; tied game vs. WMU Oct. 11 late with PPG, had assist for two-point game; assist and career-high seven blocked shots vs. RIT Oct. 12
  • Goal and an assist vs. Omaha Oct. 18

2018-19 (Junior Season)

  • 5-17-22 totals in all 36 games (career high in assists and points); led Ohio State defensemen in points, tying for third on the squad overall, and tied for seventh among B1G blueliners in scoring
  • Team-best four gamewinning goals, tying for first in the Big Ten among all skaters
  • 4-15-19 line in B1G games to rank second among league defensemen in scoring; posted the third-most points by a B1G defenseman in a single conference season
  • Point in 13 of 20 games in second half (5g, 12a, 17p)
  • Tied for second on the team with 50 shot blocks, including five vs. Mercyhurst Dec. 29 and four at Notre Dame Nov. 3 and vs. Penn State March 17; two-plus shot blocks in 13 games
  • Three points in series vs. Michigan State March  1-2; gamewinning goal and assist in game one, helper in game two
  • Two assists vs. Minnesota Feb. 16
  • B1G Third Star of the Week Feb. 11 after overtime gamewinning goal, gamewinning assist, +2 rating and five blocks in road sweep of Wisconsin Feb. 8-9
  • Scored gamewinner vs. Notre Dame Feb. 2 and had an assist and three shot blocks in game one vs. the Irish Feb. 1
  • Four points in sweep at Penn State Jan. 18-19; Assist in game one; power play goal and two assists for a career-high three points in game two
  • Assist and +3 at Michigan State Jan. 5
  • Gamewinning goal vs. Mercyhurst Dec. 28
  • Assist at Minnesota Nov. 30 and scored 3×3 overtime goal

2017-18 (Sophomore Season)

  • 37 games played, with seven goals, 11 assists and 18 points
  • Tied for first among Ohio State defensemen in points and tied for ninth among all B1G blueliners; second in goals among league defensemen
  • Second on squad with 53 shot blocks
  • +12 on the year to tie for 15th in B1G (t-seventh among defensemen)
  • B1G All-Tournament Team selection; two power play assists in B1G Tournament semifinal win March 10 vs. Michigan and had a goal and an assist at Notre Dame in final March 17
  • +3 in NCAA Midwest Regional March 24-25 (+1 vs. Princeton, +2 vs. Denver); Three shot blocks vs. PU
  • Seven shot blocks, with five in game one, vs. Wisconsin Feb. 23-24; +1 in each game and had an assist in game one
  • Power play goal at Minnesota Feb. 16
  • Helper and +2 at Notre Dame Feb. 10
  • Two assists vs. Michigan Jan. 26
  • Goal and +1 in each game vs. Niagara Dec. 29-30; blocked three shots in game two
  • Scored gamewinner in the third period vs. Minnesota Dec. 9; four blocks in the game
  • Assist and two shot blocks vs. Penn State Dec. 1
  • +2 and on the ice for all five Buckeye goals at Michigan Nov. 25, blocked four shots in game one
  • Two assists at UConn Nov. 10, marking first career multi-point game
  • Assist vs. Notre Dame Nov. 4, with five shots and three blocks in the game
  • Scored at Robert Morris Oct. 28
  • Goal at UMass Oct. 20; +3 in the series, with +2 mark in game two Oct. 21

2016-17 (Freshman Season)

  • Played in 20 games and had seven points, with two goals and five assists, with +9 mark
  • Three-plus shot blocks in eight of his last 14 games and 43 total on the year; 2.15 blocks per game ranked fifth among B1G players but did not play in enough games to qualify for official statistics
  • Scored first career goal vs. Minnesota Feb. 11 on the power play and was +1 in the game
  • Assist Nov. 19 at RPI for first career point
  • Played in first game as a Buckeye Oct. 22 vs. Bowling Green and was +2
  • Assist in game one at Michigan Feb. 3 and had five shot blocks in game two Feb. 4
  • Five blocked shots Jan. 28 at Wisconsin
  • Assist and +2 rating vs. the Wolverines Feb. 24
  • Helper at Michigan State Feb. 17 and had a power play goal vs. the Spartans in game two Feb. 18; seven blocks in the series, with four in game two
  • Assist, +1 mark and five shot blocks vs. Arizona State Jan. 14
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

Prior to Ohio State

  • Spent three seasons with Youngstown in the USHL
  • Skated in 56 games for Youngstown in 2015-16, scoring seven goals and adding six assists for 13 points while serving as an assistant captain
  • 13 points, on four goals and nine assists, in 52 games during 2014-15 when the team won the Anderson Cup
  • Seven assists in 56 games during first full year with the Phantoms in 2012-14
  • Played three games for the Phantoms in 2012-13 and skated in five contests with the USHL Des Moines Buccaneers in 2011-12
  • Skated with Detroit Compuware and Pittsburgh Hornets organizations
  • Also played baseball

Off the Ice

  • Son of Dennis and Jennie
  • Brother J.T. Miller plays for the Vancouver Canucks
  • Has a black lab, Forest
  • Information systems major in Fisher College of Business
  • Enjoys golfing
  • Attracted to Ohio State because of the great academics, especially the Fisher College of Business
  • Started playing hockey at age 4
  • Parents fell in love with the game after watching the Pittsburgh Penguins win the 1991 Stanley Cup and got their sons into the sport
  • Has worked at hockey camps and in construction with his father
  • Favorite hockey player is Ryan McDonagh because “he is a great leader and plays whatever role his team needs him to play”
  • Brother, who has “made me a better player every year” and father, who “influenced me off the ice in every possible way to get me where I am” have had the most impact on him as a person and hockey player
  • Pick one: Best thing about hockey – hitting; Movie – Inception; Television show – Orange is the New Black; Musical group – Everclear; Professional team – Tampa Bay Lightning; Athlete – Jason Day; Homecooked meal – chicken and rice; Celebrity – Andy Samberg; Snack food – Snickers; Ice cream flavor – cookie dough; Vacation spot – Folly Beach, S.C.; Rink – Madison Square Garden; Magazine – Golf Digest; Place hockey has taken you – Fussen, Germany

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