Three Honored on CCHA All-Decade Team
Three standouts from same recruiting class honored
Jan. 24, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. -- - Three Spartans were named to the CCHA All-Decade Team (2000-2013), as announced by the conference office on Wednesday, January 23. All-time college hockey shutout leader Ryan Miller was named to the first team, while teammate John-Michael Liles earned one of the first-team defense spots. Their classmate Brad Fast was a second team selection.
Michigan State's three players was second only to Miami, which had four. Michigan had two, while both Ferris State and Nebraska-Omaha had one each.
Liles, Fast, and Miller all came to MSU in the same recruiting class, enrolling at MSU in the fall of 1999. While both Liles and Fast played all four of their collegiate seasons, Miller opted to forego his senior season and pursue a professional -career after his junior campaign.
In 84 career games, Miller posted a 73-18-12 overall record, with an impressive 1.54 career GAA and .941 save percentage. Miller won the sport's top honor as a sophomore, capturing the 2001 Hobey Baker Memorial Award with a 1.32 GAA and .950 save percentage that season. Miller was a two-time All-America selection, CCHA Player of the Year honoree, and earned the league's Best Goaltender award in each of his three collegiate seasons. Miller holds the MSU records for career GAA , save percentage, and is the national career leader in shutouts (26). A fifth-round selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Miller has played his entire professional career with the organization, earning the Vezina Trophy in 2010 as well as backstopping Team USA to a silver medal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, where he earned Tournament MVP honors.
Liles, who was drafted in 2000 by the Colorado Avalanche, is in his 10th professional season, currently with the Toronto Maple Leafs after seven seasons with the Avs. Liles was a three-time All-CCHA selection and was an all-rookie team selection in 2000 as well. A Hobey Finalist in 2003, Liles was a First Team All-American as a senior after earning Second Team honors as a junior. In 2001-02 and 2002-03, Liles was voted the league's top offensive defenseman. Over his four-year career, Liles scored a program-best 44 goals as a defenseman, adding 94 assists for 138 points. Liles is third all-time at MSU in career points by a defenseman, and sixth in career assists.
Fast was a third-round selection of the Carolina Hurricanes in 1999, and spent four years on the Spartan blueline . He was an All-America pick in 2003, the same season in which he was voted the CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman. He scored 30 goals and added 94 helpers in his career for 114 points - just 24 points less than his offensive-minded classmate and senior-year defensive partner, Liles. Fast ranks fifth in the Spartan annals for goals by a defenseman, and is seventh in points by a blueliner.
CCHA All-Decade Team (2000-13)
Second Team: (F) Ryan Jones, Miami; (F) Andy Miele, Miami; (F) Scott Parse, Nebraska-Omaha; (D) Brad Fast, Michigan State; (D) Greg Zanon, Nebraska-Omaha; (G); Cody Reichard, Miami.