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Liles Added to U.S. National Team

Defenseman to Make Second Appearance at World Championships

Thursday, 04.16.2009 / 11:38 AM MT / News
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Liles Added to U.S. National Team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Defenseman John-Michael Liles (Indianapolis, Ind./Colorado Avalanche/Michigan State University) has been added to the 2009 U.S. Men’s National Team roster it was announced today by USA Hockey.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will compete at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Berne and Zurich-Kloten, Switzerland, April 24-May 10.

Liles skated in 75 games for the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche in 2008-09 and led Avalanche defensemen with 39 points (12-27).

Liles will be making his second IIHF Men's World Championship appearance, having played in all seven games for Team USA at the 2005 IIHF Men's World Championship. Additionally, Liles was a member of the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, and Team USA at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Team USA will face Switzerland on Tuesday (April 21) at 2:15 p.m. EDT in a pre-tournament game before beginning play in the 2009 IIHF Men's World Championship on Saturday, April 25, at 10:15 a.m. EDT against Latvia. The United States will play two additional preliminary-round games against Austria (April 27) and Sweden (April 29) before the qualification round begins.
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