Ryan Miller Named Hockey Olympics MVP

American goaltender Ryan Miller has received a fitting recognition of his tournament-long brilliance on the rink, winning the Vancouver Olympics’ hockey tournament Most Valuable Player award. The 29-year-old had 36 saves during the gold-medal match, which the U.S. lost to host Canada in overtime. He was also instrumental in Team USA’s perfect run to the final, which included an elimination-round victory over the Canadians.

Miller showed his tenacity in the final, staying focused despite giving up two early goals to help the Americans level the match and send it to overtime. The Buffalo Sabres goaltender finished the tournament with a 94.56 save percentage in six games. He gave up eight goals in the tournament, including  Sidney Crosby‘s gold-medal clincher in the final.

Canadian fans also recognized Miller’s brilliance, giving the American goaltender a standing ovation when he received his silver medal during the awarding ceremonies.

Meanwhile, teammates Ryan Rafalski and Zach Parise were named to the tournament’s All-Star team, which included Canada’s Shea Weber and Jonathan Toews, as well as tournament scoring leader Pavol Demitra of Slovakia.