April 2, 2011

Andy Miele Interview

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Miami University senior center Andy Miele signed an entry-level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL Saturday afternoon, Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced. Miele, a Hobey Baker Award Hat Trick finalist, will report to Phoenix Sunday and skate with the Coyotes at practice Monday at 11 a.m. MST at Jobing.com Arena.

"We are very pleased to sign Andy," said Maloney. "He is a highly skilled player who had a great season at Miami University. He was the most sought after NCAA free agent in the nation and is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. We look forward to watching him develop and being a part of our organization for years to come."

Miele (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) was named CCHA Player of the Year, First-Team All-CCHA and CCHA Tournament MVP after leading the RedHawks to their first Mason Cup in school history. He led the NCAA with 71 points, 47 assists and a 1.82 points per game average this year while his 24 goals tie for 10th in the country. His 71 points are 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 ranks second on Miami's single-season assists list and has the most helpers since 1978-79 while tying for second in single-season points at Miami, also the most since 1978-79.

"It's a great organization with a great coaching staff," Miele said of his new team. "I met with people in the organization and felt like it was the best fit for me. I'm really excited to get there and get on the ice."

Miele, an assistant captain for the `Hawks, 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 was twice named CCHA Player of the Month, earning it back-to-back in January and February, while also garnering Hockey Commissioners' Association National Player of the Month for February after a 4-8-12 scoring line in just six games. Miele was named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week three times during the season, the only player in the conference to do so, and won Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week Oct. 25 after a nine-point weekend against Northern Michigan. He finished the year with 22 multi-point games and a point in 33 of 39 games, including a school-record-tying 17-game point streak from Jan. 8 to March 19.

For his career, Miele finished sixth on Miami's points list with 159, seventh in career assists with 99 and is second in school history with 12 game-winning goals, including four this season.

The winner of the Hobey Baker Award will be announced on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. ET at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. as part of the NCAA's Frozen Four weekend. The announcement will be carried live on ESPNU and Miele will be in attendance.

"I'm heading in (to Phoneix) tonight [Saturday] and will be with the team Monday, which is so hard to believe. It's still a dream for me," Miele said of signing. "I'm very excited, I'm sure it's a great group of guys. I'll get up there and do what I can do to help them out."

Details of the deal were not released.