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John-Michael Liles
John-Michael Liles
Defenseman  - CAR
Number: 26
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185
Shoots: Left
Born: Nov 25, 1980  (Age 34)
Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN, United States
Drafted: COL / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 5th (159th overall)
John-Michael and his wife, Erin, spend their summers in Denver and have a dog named Manning… His nicknames are Johnny or Jim… He’s involved with charities including Hinotes Heroes, Teammates for Kids and the Vail Fire Department… John-Michael started playing hockey at age six and his first youth team was the Indy Whalers… The biggest influences on his career are his parents and his former coach, Rob Kirsch… His favorite team growing up was the New York Rangers and favorite player was Brian Leetch… His Twitter handle is @hoosierjm26… John-Michael enjoys country music and his favorite vacation spot is Hawaii… He enjoys cooking when he is away from the rink and his favorite holiday is Thanksgiving… His favorite book is The Frontiersman, favorite TV show is Justified, favorite films are the Bourne movies and favorite actresses are Julie Bowen and Kate Beckinsale… His first job was mowing lawns… His favorite sport outside of hockey is golf, favorite athletes outside of hockey are Peyton Manning and Graham DeLaet and favorite non-hockey teams are the Denver Broncos and the St. Louis Cardinals… The celebrity he’d most like to meet is Matt Damon… His favorite road city is Vancouver, favorite road arena is Madison Square Garden and favorite team to play against is Chicago… He wears number 26 because it was the first number assigned to him in training camp… John-Michael’s favorite former teammates are Paul Stastny and Carl Gunnarsson… His most memorable hockey moments were his first NHL game and the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.

2013-2014 Season
Completed his 10th NHL season and first with the Hurricanes… Split the season between Carolina and Toronto, totaling two goals and seven assists in 41 games… Led the Hurricanes with a (+7) rating in 35 games… Blocked 70 shots in just 35 games, ranking sixth on the club… Also played 16 games on the AHL level with the Toronto Marlies, totaling 13 points (3g, 10a)… Acquired from the Maple Leafs along with Dennis Robertson in exchange for Tim Gleason on 1/1… Made his Hurricanes debut at WSH (1/2)… Scored his first Hurricanes goal vs. TOR (1/9)… Earned his first Hurricanes assist and fired a season-high six shots vs. TB (1/19)… Tied his career high with three points (1g, 2a) vs. DAL (4/3), all of which came during the second period… Was the first Hurricanes defenseman to earn at least three points since Bret Hedican on Oct. 24, 2007… Games missed due to injury: 7 (Lower-body: 2/8, Concussion: 3/8-3/18)… Longest assist streak: 2 games (3/2-3/4: 0g, 2a; 3/22-3/25: 0g, 2a)… Longest point streak: 2 games (3/2-3/4: 0g, 2a; 3/22-3/25: 0g, 2a)… Multi-assist games: 1 (4/3 vs. DAL: 1g, 2a)… Multi-point games: 1 (4/3 vs. DAL: 1g, 2a).

Is in his 11th NHL season and second with the Hurricanes… Acquired on 1/1/14 along with Dennis Robertson in exchange for Tim Gleason… Is in the third year of a four-year contract… Is a product of the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) and has represented the U.S. in a number of international competitions, including the Olympics… Made his U.S. national team debut at the U-17 World Junior Championships in 1997-98… Selected to the 2000 U.S. World Junior team but suffered a shoulder injury in the final minute of the last exhibition game and was unable to participate… Played for Team USA at the 2005 IIHF World Championship… Was a late addition to the U.S. roster at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, replacing an injured Hal Gill… Appeared in all six games for the United States at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, notching a pair of assists… Led Team USA in scoring with nine points (1g, 8a) in nine games at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland… Only Canada’s Shea Weber (12) had more points among tournament defensemen…

Played 40 games during his freshman season at Michigan State, totaling 28 points (8g, 20a)… 2000-01: Named to the CCHA second all-star team after tallying 25 points (7g, 18a) in 42 games as a sophomore with the Spartans…

2001-02: Earned second-team All-American honors after scoring 13 goals and adding 22 assists (35 points) in 41 games for Michigan State… Also selected to the CCHA’s first all-star team and named the winner of the conference’s Best Offensive Defenseman award…

2002-03: Was a finalist for the Hobey Baker award as the nation’s top college hockey player and a first-team All-American after leading the Spartans with 50 points (16g, 34a) in 39 games… Also selected as the CCHA’s Best Offensive Defenseman and named a CCHA first all-star team for the second consecutive season… Concluded his collegiate career as the top goal-scoring defenseman in Michigan State history (44)… Joined Hershey (AHL) at the end of his college season and earned one assist in five games played…

2003-04: Named to the NHL’s All- Rookie Team after leading all NHL rookie defensemen with 34 points, the most by a rookie defenseman since Lubomir Visnovsky had 39 with the Kings in 2000-01… It was the second-best point total by a first-year defenseman in Avalanche franchise history, trailing only Bruce Bell’s 37 with the Nordiques in 1984-85… Liles’ 10 goals were the most by a rookie defenseman in franchise history and also led all NHL rookie blueliners… Made his NHL debut vs. CHI (10/10)… Scored the game-winning goal for his first NHL point at MIN (10/16)… Left the game vs. CHI (3/23) with a bruised knee and missed three games…Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, skating in all 11 postseason games for Colorado… Recorded his first career playoff assist/point in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. DAL…

2004-05: Played 17 games for Iserlohn in the German league, totaling 11 points (5g, 6a) with 24 penalty minutes…

2005-06: Established his career high in goals (14) and points (49), appearing in all 82 games for the Avalanche… Was second among Colorado defensemen in points and tied Rob Blake for first in goals (14)… Set an Avalanche record for most points by a defenseman in the month of October with 14… Recorded three consecutive multiple-point games from 10/10-10/14… Established single-game career highs with two goals and three points at EDM (10/21)… Played in his 100th NHL game vs. CGY (11/21)… Had a six-game point streak from 1/14-1/26… Collected points in each of his first three games during the Stanley Cup playoffs… Scored his first career playoff goal in Game 1 at DAL (4/22)… Assisted on Joe Sakic’s OT winner in Game 2 at DAL (4/24)…

2006-07: Led Avalanche defensemen in goals (14), assists (30) and points (44)… Became the first NHL defenseman to score 10 or more goals in each of his first three seasons since Steve Duchesne (1986-87 to 1988-89)… Matched his career high with two goals at TOR (10/18)… Set a career high with three assists vs. MIN (10/29)… Suffered a broken left foot at MIN (1/6), forcing him to miss 11 games…

2007-08: Led Avalanche defensemen in scoring with 32 points (6g,26a)… Notched 20 of his 32 points on the power play, ranking behind only Paul Stastny (21) for the team lead… Notched two assists, including his 100th career helper, at LA (12/17)… Was tied for first among Colorado defensemen with five points (2g, 3a) in 10 Stanley Cup playoff games…

2008-09: Led Colorado defensemen in goals (12), assists (27) and points (39)… Was first on the team in power-play points (21)… Notched three consecutive multi-point games, Dec. 23-29, matching the Avalanche record for a defenseman… Scored a goal in each of those three games, the longest goal streak of his NHL career… Missed five games after suffering a wrist injury at DET (2/15)… Led the team with nine points (4g, 5a) in March, becoming the first Avalanche defenseman to lead the club in scoring during a single month since he did so in October 2005… Scored his first career overtime goal and added two assists at EDM (3/14)… Logged more than 30 minutes (30:35) for the first time in his career at SJ (4/7)…

2009-10: Led Avalanche defensemen in scoring for the fourth consecutive year with 31 points (6g, 25a) in 59 games… Ranked first on the team in power-play assists (17) and third in power-play points (20)… Had a goal and an assist vs. SJ (10/1), giving him 200 points for his NHL career… Appeared in his 400th NHL game vs. PHI (11/23)… Scored his second career overtime goal vs. SJ (4/4)… Appeared in all six of Colorado’s playoff games, earning a goal and an assist…

2010-11: Led all Colorado skaters and established his career high with 40 assists in 76 games… Also led the team in blocked shots (153) and was first among team defensemen in scoring for the fifth consecutive season… Opened the season with assists in each of first nine games, setting an NHL record for the longest assist streak by a defenseman to start a season… Was the first NHL defenseman to record points in each of his team's first nine games since Doug Wilson (1981-82)… Named the NHL's Second Star of the Week for the period ending 11/21 after earning seven points (2g, 5a) in four games…. Played his 500th career NHL game at PHX (2/7)… Collected his 200th NHL assist vs. EDM (2/23)…

2011-12: Totaled 27 points (7g, 20a) in 66 games with Toronto… Made his Maple Leafs debut at MTL (10/6)… Earned his first point with the Leafs (assist) vs. OTT (10/8)… Netted his first Maple Leafs goal at CBJ (11/3)… Earned his 300th career NHL point (goal) at TB (3/15)…

2012-13: Had 11 points (2g, 9a) in 32 games for the Maple Leafs… Played his 600th NHL game at WPG (2/7)… Appeared in four of Toronto’s seven playoff games.




1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72