BUFFALO, NY - Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller led Team USA hockey into its Olympic opener Tuesday afternoon against Switzerland amid a minor controversy surrounding his mask.
Miller and fellow American goaltender Jonathan Quick were ordered to remove certain words from their masks that were believed to be in violation of International Olympic Committee rules.
Miller has "Miller Time" painted on the back of the mask, and Quick has "Support our Troops."
IOC rule number 51 bans advertising, propaganda, and demonstrations.
Miller covered "Miller Time" with tape and the word "USA". However, he was allowed to keep another slogan on his mask, which read "Matt Man," which was a tribute to his late cousin Matt Schoals who died for cancer.
Miller told the Associated Press that he would "stand up for that" if the IOC asked him to remove the "Matt Man" tribute, and in the end, he was able to keep it.
Miller, Buffalo native Pat Kane, and the rest of the American men's hockey players beat Switzerland in their opener. The score was 3-1.