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Kevan Miller isn’t ‘losing hope’ about return, but a grueling rehab is for far more than just a new contract

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Tying shoes. Walking up and down stairs. Putting on a pair of jeans. 

These days, it’s all about the little victories for Kevan Miller.

What were once mundane, everyday tasks are now regarded as massive steps forward – bright spots in the midst of a grueling stretch that has seen the rugged defensemen go under the knife four times in the span of 14 months.

His chances of adding his trademark snarl to a motivated, Cup-contending B’s roster were dashed once again earlier this spring — with his latest procedure back in March, putting an end to any hopes of him returning for the 2019-20 campaign. 

Beyond the amount of damage sustained to his knee since that fateful collision into the boards in Minnesota back on April 4, 2019 — Miller’s medical rap sheet still resembles something more akin to a car crash than a pro sports career.

Just in 2018-19 alone, Miller also battled back from a broken hand, torn oblique and cartilage damage to his larynx.

And yet, despite the amount of damage sustained from years of eating pucks and exchanging haymakers with the Bruins, Miller doesn’t intend to hang up his skates anytime soon.