Ask A Player - John-Michael Liles
Liles: "Playing the Leafs in Toronto. It's a great atmosphere, the fans, the building, everything."
Liles: "Every kid dreams he'll play a professional sport some day. When I was younger, I actually wanted to be a professional baseball player. But I loved hockey too and it's certainly a dream come true for myself and my family."
Liles: "I played forward until high school. I would also play the point on the power-play and then they moved me to defense."
Liles: "I've done that since college. It's just one of the things I like to do. If we got a win, I just wanted to make sure I congratulated all my teammates."
Liles: "There's lots of great cities...Toronto, Montreal, Dallas."
Liles: "I was very excited to be able to represent my country. It is such a huge honor, especially being from Indiana. The game is certainly different, with obvious things like the size of the rinks and such. And in the Olympics, almost every team has four lines who can score. You really do have the best players in the world playing for their country."
Liles: "It was a good experience. It kept me sharp. I was able to experience a different culture and brand of hockey."
Liles: "That's been my number since I was 14. I had it in high school and then college. Obviously it was Rob Blake's number when I got to the Avalanche so that's why I switched to 26. And then once (Paul) Stastny joined our team this year, it was a natural for me to switch back to 4."
Liles: "Maybe a little. You just have to be smarter and better about your positioning."
Liles: "Joe Sakic and Rob Blake."