April 14, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After competing on the collegiate level for the last four years and signing with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes last week, Miami University senior forward Andy Miele will now take his game to the international level, as he was one of 16 players named to the 2011 U.S. National Team, USA Hockey announced Wednesday.
Miele, who is the fourth-youngest player tabbed to the team, will represent the United States at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Men’s World Championship April 29-May 15 in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia. The Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., native will be one of five players on the team making their Team USA debut.
Miele is the second straight RedHawk to represent the Red, White and Blue as former Miami defenseman and current New Jersey Devil Andy Greene (2002-06) was a member of the 2010 U.S. team that played in the World Championship in Germany. Former RedHawk forward Nathan Davis (2004-08) played for the national team as well during the 2007 IIHF World Championship.
Miele had a banner senior year for Miami as he became the first player in school history to win the prestigious Hobey Baker Award, giving annually to college hockey’s top player. He also collected several other awards this year, including AHCA First-Team All-America, CCHA Player of the Year, First-Team All-CCHA and CCHA Tournament MVP after leading the RedHawks to their first Mason Cup in program history.
An assistant captain for Miami in 2010-11, the 5-foot-9-inch Miele led the NCAA with 71 points and 47 assists, both second on Miami’s all-time single-season lists, as well as a 1.82 points per game average playing in all 39 games this year while his 24 goals tied for 10th in the country. His 71 points were 11 more than anyone in the nation this year and the most since Colorado College's Peter Sejna totaled 82 points in 2002-03.
Miele captured the CCHA scoring title in a landslide, recording 56 points in league play, the most by any player since 1991-92. His 40 assists in CCHA play were also first and more than anyone else had points (the first time in CCHA history that's happened), as well as the most since 1996-97. His 16 goals in the CCHA tied for second in the league. Miele tied a school record with a 17-game point streak from Jan. 8 to March 19 and tallied 22 multi-point games on the season while notching at least a point in 33 of 39 games.
Miele signed an entry-level deal with the Coyotes on April 2 and has been practicing with the team since. He is not eligible to play in the NHL Playoffs, however.
The United States, who will be coached by former New York Islanders head coach Scott Gordon for the second straight year, will play in Group C at the World Championship along with Sweden, Norway and Austria. Team USA opens group play April 30 against Austria in Kosice at 10:15 a.m. ET while all U.S. games will be televised on Versus. The U.S. finished 13th at last year’s World Championship and currently ranks sixth in the world. For the complete U.S. national team’s schedule at the World Championship, click here.