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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ex-MSU greats recognized by THN

Former Michigan State hockey standouts Ryan Miller and Tom Anastos were recognized on the The Hockey News’ annual list of the 100 People of Power and Influence.

Miller, a goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres, was listed at No. 25 while Anastos, the current commissioner of the CCHA, was slotted at No. 86.

Miller is the fourth highest-ranked player on the list, behind Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (No. 1), Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin (No. 2), and Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom (No. 24). The Hockey News recognized Miller’s involvement with the NHL’s competition and goalie committees, as well as his media-friendly style.

Miller, a native of East Lansing, played for Michigan State from 1999-2002. During his time with the Spartans, he won the Hobey Baker Award, was a two-time All-American and CCHA Player of the Year and set the NCAA record for shutouts in a career with 26.

Anastos was labeled “Mr. College Hockey” by The Hockey News for the work he has done since assuming his current post in March of 1998. They noted his work in trying to prevent professional teams from taking players out of college before the school term ends and his promotion of college hockey as the best way for young players to develop.

In addition to playing for Michigan State from 1981-1985, Anastos served as an assistant coach for the Spartans from 1990-1992. In 2004, he received the program’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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