Kings defenseman Miller has hip surgery

Updated: April 12, 2006, 5:53 PM ET
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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Aaron Miller underwent successful hip surgery on Wednesday.

Aaron Miller
Miller

The procedure to remove a bone spur and repair a torn labrum was performed by hip specialist Dr. Carlos Guanche.

Los Angeles' assistant captain, Miller has been out since March 29 and has missed 23 games this season with a back injury.

Miller, who missed 80 games over the previous two seasons with injuries, was placed on injured reserve on December 29 with back spasms. He suffered the injury eight days earlier in Los Angeles' 5-2 victory at Calgary and was sidelined for 16 contests.

A fifth-round pick of the New York Rangers in 1989, Miller was acquired from Colorado in February 2001 in the deal that sent Rob Blake to the Avalanche. He matched a career high with five goals in 74 games during his first full season with the Kings in 2001-02 but has been plagued by injuries ever since, including a fractured wrist, a broken left foot and an abdominal ailment that required surgery.

Miller, a 34-year-old native of Buffalo, New York, was named to the United States Olympic Team on December 19.

Miller has collected eight assists and 27 penalty minutes in 56 games this season and recorded 24 goals and 78 assists in 538 career contests with the Quebec-Colorado franchise and Los Angeles.