Kevan Miller retired from the NHL on Wednesday, ending a seven-season playing career, all with the Boston Bruins.
“Although my spirit for the game is there, unfortunately my body isn’t,” Miller wrote on Instagram. “My overall health and my family are now the priority. This was not an easy decision to make, but it’s time to hang up my skates.”
The 33-year-old defenseman could have been an unrestricted free agent July 28. He scored four points (one goal, three assists) in 28 regular-season games and had one assist in four Stanley Cup Playoff games this season.
Miller sustained a season-ending injury during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup First Round against the Washington Capitals after he was hit by Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov in the second period of a Boston 4-1 win. He had passed the puck after carrying it into the offensive zone and was hit by Orlov above and between the face-off circles. He was tended to on the ice by the Boston trainer and skated off with some assistance.
Miller missed the Bruins’ run to Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final and the entire 2019-20 season after injuring his right knee April 4, 2019. He said in June 2020 that he had multiple setbacks in his recovery, including four surgeries on his kneecap.
“I’ve been extremely fortunate to play for some great coaches and mentors that have molded and shaped me as a player and person,” Miller said. “On top of that I’ve had some people step up in a big way to train me on and off the ice, to rehab me after injuries and pick me up when things weren’t going my way. Thank you to each and every one of you.”
Signed by Boston as a free agent Oct. 21, 2011, Miller has scored 71 points (13 goals, 58 assists) in 352 regular-season games and seven points (one goal, six assists) in 33 playoff games.