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As You Know, Sabres Goalie Ryan Miller Has Always Been Something Of A Photog…

…so it made perfect sense that he would utilize one of his off-ice passions and photograph several NHL stars in New York City to help raise awareness for the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer month, which takes place in October. And no, it had absolutely nothing to do with the Timeless Art of Seduction.

Assisted with tips from Vanity Fair contributing photographer Bruce Weber, Miller photographed Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri, Lightning center Steven Stamkos and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty all wearing the lavender ties and T-shirts that NHL coaches, front office personnel, broadcasters and team representatives will be wearing all October.

Photos from Miller’s shoot follow.

Cammalleri, for one, was quite impressed with Miller’s professionalism and talent (via Vanity Fair):

“I am used to shooting on him. To have one of the best goaltenders in the world taking pictures of me on a rooftop in New York is pretty cool.”

Well, of course it was a cool experience. It wasn’t like Miller was going to do anything that made him feel uncomfortable. The key word was tasteful. All the Buffalo netminder wanted to was get his subjects to relax and have fun because they are fun guys. And since it was a photo shoot to model clothing, there was no need for the players to take off their shirts to reveal their strong pecs.

Good work. And if any of the players like the photo but not the clothing they are wearing, they can always crop the image and use it for their health club ID.

That’s three, count ’em three, Seinfeld references. It’s a gift. And a curse.

Taking the Shots [Vanity Fair]