VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Closing time for "Miller Time."
U.S. goalie Ryan Miller has conformed with Olympic regulations and covered the slogan that had been painted on his mask. He was, however, allowed to display the tribute to his late cousin.
Miller used a large piece white tape with the letters "USA" to cover the "Miller Time" motto on the padding on the back of his mask for Tuesday's game against Switzerland, the opener of men's hockey at the Vancouver Games.
The move came after International Ice Hockey Federation officials told Miller to remove the message because governing bodies must enforce the IOC rule that bars "advertising, demonstrations and propaganda."
Miller was allowed to keep "Matt Man" exposed on the mask. The words honor Miller's cousin, Matt Schoals, who died of cancer in 2007.
The IIHF also made a similar demand to U.S. backup goalie Jonathan Quick, who had "Support Our Troops" adorned on his mask.
It's unclear what Quick did with his mask because he was the third goalie — behind backup Tim Thomas — and did not dress for the game.
A U.S. team spokesman declined comment and referred questions to Miller and Quick.