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John-Michael Liles
John-Michael Liles
Defenseman
(LYE-lz)
Number: 4
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185
Shoots: Left
Born: Nov 25, 1980  (Age 33)
Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN, United States
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Drafted: COL / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 5th (159th overall)
2009-10 SEASON
Led all Colorado defensemen in scoring with 31 points (6g/25a) in 59 games…Fourth straight season that he’s paced the Avs defense in points…Has surpassed the 30-point mark in each of his six seasons in the NHL…Is the third-highest scoring defenseman in franchise history with 229 points (62g/167a) in 447 games…Ranked first on the team in power-play assists (17) and was third in PP points (20)…Had a goal and an assist in the season opener against San Jose on Oct. 1, giving him 200 points for his NHL career…Suffered a shoulder injury on Oct. 13 at Toronto, forcing him to miss seven games…Was placed on IR, Oct. 22 (retro to Oct. 13) and activated on Oct. 30…Left in the first period (shoulder) on Nov. 6 vs. Chicago…Was placed on IR, Nov. 11 (retro to Nov. 6) and missed five games before being activated on Nov. 20…Appeared in his 400th NHL game on Nov. 23 vs. Philadelphia…Tied his career best with three points (1g/2a) on Jan. 18 vs. Edmonton…Scored his second career overtime goal on April 4 vs. San Jose. PLAYOFFS: Tallied a goal and one assist while appearing in all six playoff games…Scored a power-play goal in Game 1 of the CQF at San Jose on April 14.

CAREER
2008-09: Led all Colorado defensemen in goals (12), assists (27) and points (39)…21 of his 39 points came on the power play (6g/15a), ranking him first on the club in that category…Missed two games (Nov. 26-28) because of the flu…Notched three consecutive multi-point games, Dec. 23-29, equaling an Avalanche record for a defenseman…Scored a goal in each of those three games, the longest goal streak of his NHL career…Potted his 50th career goal on Jan. 29 vs. Toronto…Missed five games after suffering a wrist injury on Feb. 15 at Detroit…Was placed on IR, Feb. 18 (retro to Feb. 15) and activated on Feb. 28…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 Liles himself back in October of 2005…Scored his first career OT goal and added two assists on March 14 at Edmonton…Logged over 30 minutes for the first time in his career on April 7 at San Jose (30:35). 2007-08: Led all Avalanche defensemen in scoring with 32 points (6g/26a)…20 of his 32 points came on the power play (5g/15a), ranking behind only Paul Stastny (21) for the team lead…Notched two assists, including his 100th career helper, on Dec. 17 at Los Angeles. PLAYOFFS: Tied for first among Colorado defensemen with five points (2g/3a) in 10 playoff games. 2006-07: Led all team 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 from 1986-87 to 1988-89…Matched his career high with two goals on Oct. 18 at Toronto…Changed his sweater number from #26 to #4 on Oct. 20…Set a career high with three assists on Oct. 29 vs. Minnesota…Suffered a broken left foot on Jan. 6 at Minnesota, forcing him to miss 11 games…Placed on IR, Jan. 8, and activated on Feb. 6. 2005-06: Surpassed his rookie-season totals in every scoring category, compiling 14 goals, 35 assists and 49 points…Finished second among Avalanche defensemen in points and tied Rob Blake for first in goals…One of six Colorado players to skate in all 82 games…Set a new Avalanche record for most points by a defenseman in the month of October with 14…Recorded three consecutive multiple-point games, Oct. 10-14…Set a career high with two goals and three points on Oct. 21 at Edmonton…Played in his 100th NHL game Nov. 21 vs. Calgary…Compiled a career-high six-game point streak, Jan. 14-26. PLAYOFFS: Collected points in each of his first three games during the postseason (1g/2a)…Scored his first career playoff goal in Game One (CQF) at Dallas on April 22…Assisted on Joe Sakic’s OT winner in Game Two at Dallas on April 24. 2004-05: Played in Germany. 2003-04: Named to the NHL All- Rookie Team…Led 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 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 rookie blueliners in 2003-04…Scored a game-winning goal for his first NHL point, Oct. 16 at Minnesota…Left the game on March 23 vs. Chicago with a bruised knee, missing three contests. PLAYOFFS: Skated in all 11 postseason games…Recorded his first career playoff assist/point in Game One (WCQF) vs. Dallas. 2002-03: Signed to an amateur tryout contract with Hershey (AHL) on March 30, playing his first pro game that night in Grand Rapids.

INTERNATIONAL
Represented the United States at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, appearing in all six games (0g/2a)…Played for Team USA at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland, where he led the team in scoring with nine points (1g/8a) in nine games…Only Canada’s Shea Weber (12) had more points among all tournament defensemen…Also played for Team USA at 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…Selected to the 2000 U.S. National Junior Team but suffered a shoulder injury in the final minute of the last exhibition game and was unable to participate in the World Juniors.

COLLEGE
2002-03: Was a Hobey Baker Award finalist as a senior at Michigan State…Named an All-American for the second straight year…Led the Spartans with 50 points…Became the first two-time winner of the CCHA’s Best Offensive Defenseman Award and was first team All-CCHA for the second straight year…Led the nation among blueliners in points-per-game (1.28)…Closed out his collegiate career as the top goal-scoring defenseman in school history (44). 2001-02: Named to the All-CCHA First Team and was a second team All-American…Winner of the CCHA’s Best Offensive Defenseman Award. 2000-01: Named to the All-CCHA Second Team as a sophomore.

PERSONAL
First player in franchise draft history to hail from the state of Indiana…Is actively involved in Hinote’s Heroes, a charity group founded by former Avs teammate Dan Hinote…Is a minority owner of the Indiana Ice (USHL) hockey team…His mother, Janie, was a rower at Purdue University…Brother, Joe, graduated from the United States Naval Academy… Lettered in hockey and golf at Culver Military Academy.

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