Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Taking Care of Business:Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller had an outstanding four year hockey career with the Michigan State Spartans. He played with older brother Kelly for his first year and younger brother Kip for his last two years. All three Miller brothers would go on to have excellent NHL careers. They played together in various combos, but never all three on one team.
Kevin played professionally for 17 years. He states that he had three goals:to play hockey at Michigan State, to play for the USA Olympic team and to play in the NHL. He achieved all three. His post-hockey goal is to have his own successful financial services firm. Kevin began
preparing for that goal while with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1997.
Kevin states, "I always had a big interest in finance and always found myself reading magazines and the Wall Street Journal. I was usually the guy other players came to when they had questions and I enjoyed leading them in the right direction."
Kevin kept learning and his interest kept growing. He got his series 7 securities license, worked at various prestigious financial institutions and became a Certified Financial Planner. In 2008, Kevin opened Kevin Miller Financial Services.
On the website, Kevin states, "I believe in building strong relationships through hard work, honesty and integrity." I asked him how hockey helped him with that goal. Kevin told me, "I think the same dedication and work ethic that made me successful in hockey will help me with my business."
Kevin Miller Financial Services is doing well, but how does it compare to the thrill on the ice? Kevin stated, "Nothing will ever give me the same excitement. Playing hockey was the best time of my life and I miss the game."
I can only imagine how awesome it would be to play professional hockey. You know me though, I always want to know how it feels to be on a hockey card. Kevin answered that for me, "That is your dream as a boy growing up collecting cards. Once you get your first the dream becomes reality. I think I carried my card around with me the first few weeks."
Kevin and his brothers are part of a special card called Bloodlines produced by Upper Deck. The Miller Brothers were all pictured on the card. How cool is that? As for playing with and against his brothers, Kevin said, "It was great playing with them. I wish I could have played more with them. Playing against them was not easy. You want them to do well and you find yourself watching them instead of concentrating on the game."
I have been a fan of Kevin since his time at Michigan State. I especially enjoyed his time in Chicago with the Blackhawks abd the Wolves. It was always a pleasure to watch him play. He always gave a lot of effort and output. Kevin gives that same effort with Kevin Miller Financial Services and I am sure that it will be quite a success, too. I really appreciate Kevin taking time to discuss his careers with me.
Kevin Miller at MSU in East Lansing, MI-late 2000's.
(Photo courtesy of
Kevin, Kelly and Kip Miller's 1992-93 Upper Deck Bloodlines card.


Paul said...

I always liked the Miller boys. Great update.

Mike Gonzalez said...

Having three brothers in any sport has to be pretty cool. I'm sure it has been done before, but can't be too often.
Nice story.

TB said...

I remember the Miller Brothers from MSU. They all had pretty good NHL careers. Great story.