J.T. Miller is now a star

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -Former East Palestine resident and Connecticut Whale rookie J.T. Miller will take part in the American Hockey League All-Star Game at 7 p.m. today at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

The 19-year-old is the youngest player in the event. He has totaled seven goals and 10 assists in 33 games for the Whale. While on a break from the Whale recently, he also led Team USA to the gold medal at the World Junior Championship in Russia.

The 6-2, 195-pound Miller was the New York Rangers’ first pick in the 2011 NHL draft. Miller had previously played for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League before being promoted last year.

On Sunday, Miller took part in the AHL All-Star Game Skills Competition. He participated in pass and score and breakaway relay. In pass and score, Miller’s team of three was held scoreless by Abbotsford Heat’s Barry Brust. In the breakaway relay, Miller did not score in his one chance.

The Western Conference won the skills competition 12-11.