Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller announces retirement due to injuries

Another veteran is leaving the game of hockey behind. Defenseman Kevan Miller announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday after playing seven seasons with the Boston Bruins. Yesterday, Pekka Rinne called it quits on his own terms. Unfortunately for Miller his body can’t continue.

Kevan Miller retires due to injuries

Miller, 33, returned to action during the 2020-21 season after battling through four separate surgeries stemming from a broken knee cap near the conclusion of the 2019 regular season.

“Although my spirit for the game is there, unfortunately my body isn’t,” Miller wrote Wednesday 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.”

Miller recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in 28 games this past season.

He had one assist in four playoff games, although he was sent to a local hospital following a hit to the head from Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov during Game 4 of their first-round series. Miller did not play in the final game of that series, or at all in Boston’s six-game series loss to the New York Islanders in the second round.

Miller had 71 points (13 goals, 58 assists) in 352 career regular-season games and seven points (one goal, six assists) in 33 playoff games.

“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.”

–Field Level Media