Girls’ hockey officially began practices Monday. Yet Abbey Miller, Benilde-St. Margaret’s outstanding senior goalie, is already in midseason form.
Miller spent the weekend in Detroit, playing goalie for the Minnesota White team — one of two Minnesota teams — at the Elite League Tournament. A Division I hockey recruit who has verbally committed to Syracuse, Miller led the White Team to the tournament championship, giving up only two goals in four games.
“It’s a pretty good tournament,” Miller said during a phone call while she was in Detroit. “There are a lot of college scouts here. I’m hoping a few of the [Team USA] will notice and I can make it to one of their camps.”
Staff writer Jim Paulsen talked with Miller about the upcoming high school season, among other things.
First, the important question: Why the “E” in “Abbey”?
A: It was my mom’s idea. I guess she wanted me to be different.
Q: Well, you’re a goalie. That’s proof of being different, isn’t it?
A: I think you’re right. There has to be something missing upstairs if want to get hit by solid rubber discs.
Q: Why goalie?
A: I started playing in third grade. I wasn’t very good at forward, so I decided to give goalie a try. I got it right away.
Q: The high school season is right around the corner. You play hockey year-round. How important is this season to you?
A: It’s huge. I’m really excited about this year. It’s what I’ve been waiting for since we lost [in the Section 5 finals] to Minnetonka last year. I really want to play in the state tournament. Just playing in the X [Xcel Center] would be so cool.
Q: What are your expectations?
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