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03-24-2009, 08:01 AM
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HC Sparta Praha select a center/right winger who has had peaks at every level from NCAA to Olympics to Canada Cup to Stanley Cup playoffs

Mark Johnson, intelligent, clutch forward

- two-time All-American, NCAA tourney champion
- played in eight world championships and the '81, '84, '87 Canada Cups
- scored 5 points in 6 games at '84 Canada Cup
- captained NHL team Whalers (1983-85) and played in NHL all-star game (1984)
- scored 508 NHL points in 669 NHL games
- scored team-leading 10 goals and 18 points in 18 games as the 1988 Devils came within one game of the Stanley Cup Finals
- scored against Tretiak and Myshkin in a certain 1980 Olympics game, have you heard? 11 pts in 7 Olympic games including the game winner over Finland in the 4-2 gold medal final
- inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 1999

...speed and offensive savvy... solid effort... A popular player wherever he went... often deployed on both the power-play and the penalty-killing units and was always highly regarded for his on ice intelligence.


HC Sparta Praha are pleased to select a Hobey Baker and Selke finalist who has elite speed and hockey smarts

Kelly Miller, passing, defensive left winger

463 NHL points in 1057 NHL games, including 33 GWGs; and 54 NHL playoff points in 119 NHL postseason games.

... a fine playmaker and checker... his quick hands made him a dangerous passer and a tough opponent on faceoffs... His creativity on offense and his willingness to stay with his man and backcheck helped the club reach the Stanley semi-finals in 1990 and the final in 1998. He was also the club's NHLPA representative and served as interim team captain twice.

... The undersized speedster would amass one of the greatest careers in Michigan State history, including a Hobey Baker nomination in 1985 as the best player in US college hockey. The two time Michigan State MVP and team captain also starred with the United States junior team, representing the nation at the World Junior Championships three times.

Miller worked hard to evolve into a defensive specialist,... a finalist for the Selke Trophy, as NHL's best defensive forward, in 1992.

...a very unpredictable skater, and that was his best asset. He was lightning quick, but knew how to throw off the opposition by using his speed in multiple gears. His hand and stick skills never caught up to him at the NHL level, but as his career progressed he became a decent passer while on the break. He was strong at reading plays and great at anticipating moves, allowing him to become a top checker and penalty killer. He was a tiny little guy, but he did put what he had into an engaging physical game.

Not surprisingly, Miller was a crowd favorite in Washington. Those fans were happy for Miller as much as anyone when the Capitals made an unexpected journey to the Stanley Cup finals in 1998. Despite losing the finals to Detroit, the experience was one of Miller's career highlights. He had been through good times and bad in Washington, and it must have been justifying to be a part of that team.

After finishing the year at the World Championships, Miller retired in 1999

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