Well, that didn’t take long.
Former Miami stand out and Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner, Andy Miele, registered a gigantic night offensively with 2-3-5 as his Portland Pirates defeated the Manchester Monarchs 5-3 on Wednesday night.
Miele, the only Hobey Baker Award winner in Miami hockey history, now has a season line of 3-4-7 in just four games with AHL Portland. And, earlier today, his performance was more than enough to earn him a quick promotion to the Pirates NHL parent club, the Phoenix Coyotes, with whom Miele signed a pro contract last spring. Presumably, Miele will suit up for his first NHL regular season game on Sunday night when the offensively challenged Coyotes (2-3-1) will face the Anaheim Ducks (4-1) at the Pond.
Congratulations, again, Andy! And, best of luck in your NHL debut — whenever that may be!
It wasn’t quite “The Decision”, version 2, ala LeBron James, but former RedHawk and current Hobey Baker finalist Andy Miele has made his choice and signed with…the Phoenix Coyotes. Several teams had reportedly been working to sign the Grosse Point Woods, MI native, but sources say Miele’s final five teams included Anaheim, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and New Jersey.
His 71 points and 47 assists this season were tops in Division I hockey and Miele became the first Miami player to crack the 60-point mark since Randy Robitaille accomplished the feat during the 1996-97 season. He was also named the RBC Player of the Year and received First-Team All-CCHA Honors.