2001 — Ryan Miller
Michigan State University Spartans
Miller became just the second goaltender to win the Hobey Baker Award doing so in only his sophomore season. He led the nation in all major goalie categories including wins (31), goals against average (1.32), shutouts (10) and set an NCAA record for saves percentage (.950). His two-year total of 18 shutouts also set an NCAA career shutout record. Ryan’s outstanding year was capped with six CCHA post season awards including Player of the Year and Best Goaltender honors. The business major set several team and CCHA records along the way helping guide his Spartans to the #1 national ranking heading into the NCAA Frozen Four Championship Tournament. In 2001-02, Miller was again a Hobey Baker top ten finalist while garnering CCHA MVP honors for the second straight year and being named Goalie of the Year for the third straight season, adding 8 more shutouts to his NCAA career shutout record (26). Ryan completed his tenth NHL season with the Buffalo Sabres, backstopped the United States to a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and is widely recognized as one of the NHL’s top goaltenders.