When Michigan State won the National Title this June -- one Spartan wasn't"t there to hoist the trophy. Instead, Drew Miller skipped his senior season to skate for the NHL's Anaheim Ducks.
"I'm sure he was torn a little bit," Spartan hockey coach Rick Comley said Thursday.
"Any natural person would have been like, "Oh man, I wish I could have been there," Miller explained. He might have missed out one piece of hardware from the 2007 national title run, but he's doing just fine these days polishing the NHL's ultimate prize.
"He was such a good part of our team and getting us to the point where we were good enough to win this championship," Comley said, "and then he gets to win the ultimate hockey championship himself."
"It's hard to let it sink in - it kind of seems like a fairy tale," Miller said.
And that fairytale continued Thursday as Miller shared the cup with the community that helped shape his career: "You want to reach out to the people that were big in your life and they definitely were there and the fans here at Michigan State were definitely a huge part of my life and that's why I wanted to bring it here," he said.
But there are a few more stops along the celebration trail. The Miller's will hold a private party with family and friends and then the true festivities begin: "It's out on the town a little bit with it. Introduce it to a few of the finer establishments here in town," Miller laughed.