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Former Cornell, Team Canada Goalie Miller Passes Away

Former Cornell and Team Canada goalie Kyle Miller has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Former Cornell and Team Canada goaltender Kyle Miller has passed away after a long battle with cancer, his brother, Philadelphia Wings goaltender Brandon Miller, said early Saturday morning.

"It's with extreme heavy hearts that after years of pain & tremendous fight, my brother Kyle Miller has passed," Brandon Miller tweeted around 4 a.m. ET Saturday.

Miller was first diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma cancer his junior year at Cornell, and fought off the disease in 2003 and came back to be one of Team Canada's goalies (the late Chris Sanderson was the other) in its historic 2006 gold-medal win over Team USA. Miller made the final save in the championship game win.

Eight years after Miller beat cancer the first time, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 osteogenic spindle cell sarcoma, and a tumor in his lung. He began undergoing chemothereapy once again.

Miller's battle had been a source of inspiration to many, as you can see below from an early sampling of social media reaction. His passing, coupled with Sanderson's death in June 2012, after his extended battle with cancer, will surely be on the minds of Team Canada as it continues to prepare for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships.

As last fall's "Duel in Denver," Team Canada members paid their own way to Denver and sold auction items in an effort to raise money for a trust in Sanderson's name. It's easy to imagine similar tributes beginning for Miller.

Miller, an Orangeville, Ontario native, was actually inspired to play goalie after seeing Sanderson, a native of the same town, doing it at the University of Virginia. Miller had also helped fundraise for Sanderson during his battle with cancer.

Read more about Kyle Miller at his website, and look back on his journey through his own words and the words of his family in his blog.


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