LEO, Ind. (WANE) – Ever since he picked up a hockey stick, Matt Miller has been a natural. He began playing when he was eight years old in the Fort Wayne youth hockey program.

Matt excelled, but wanted more of a challenge. He discovered the Victory Honda Elite Tier 1 Hockey program in Canton, Michigan. He landed on their U15 team.

Three times a week, the Leo High School freshman and his family make the three hour drive to Canton to work with the team. The dedication paid off The 6’2 center emerged as a high speed scoring machine. This past season with nine goals and 14 points.

His talent caught the eye of scouts from the United States Hockey League. The USHL is the premier junior hockey league in the United States, known for churning out athletes who go on to play at Division 1 college programs and in the NHL. Alumni of the USHL include Justin Abdelkader and Johnny Gaudreau.

During the USHL draft during the first week of May, the Miller family received a voicemail they were not expecting. It was the Dubuque Fighting Saints on the other line telling Matt their plans to draft him the next day. The family watched the following afternoon as Matt was selected in the ninth round of the draft.

Matt will not be joining the team for at least a few years. As for now, he plans on staying with Victory Honda for the next couple of years while going to Dubuque’s summer training camps. He hopes to make the team in the next few years.

Ultimately, Matt sees himself playing college hockey, and then going on the play in the NHL.