There is a strong Sault Ste. Marie presence in the Stanley Cup final between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals.
To be sure, defenseman Colin Miller has many fans from Sault Ste. Marie on his side.
Playing for Vegas — a National Hockey League expansion team that has even defied the odds of gambling by making it to the Stanley Cup finals — the 25-year old Miller has been a mainstay on the Knights blue line throughout the 2017-2018 season.
Miller, a right-handed shooting defender, played in 82 games over the course of the 2017-2018 NHL season and produced high-end totals of 10 goals, 31 assists, 43 points. Heading into the Stanley Cup championship series against Washington, Miller had another two goals and an assist in 15 outings.
During the regular season, Miller led all Vegas defensemen in scoring while finishing seventh overall on the Knights points parade.
This is a kid, Miller, who does not turn 26 until October 29 of this year, who is an example of being an improbable NHL player.
As a teenager, Miller played high school hockey in Sault Ste. Marie for the White Pines Wolverines before advancing to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League with the Soo Thunderbirds.
Never drafted into the Ontario Hockey League, Miller nonetheless made the Soo Greyhounds as an 18-year old free agent and played three seasons with his hometown team.
He then became a fifth-round NHL draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings before being traded to the Boston Bruins, with whom he played in 103 games over parts of two seasons before being claimed by Vegas last year at the NHL expansion draft.
It is Miller time in Las Vegas. Oh, what a Knight.
PHOTO: Vegas Knights defenseman Colin Miller hails from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.