26 John Michael Liles
This jersey was worn in the first part of the 03-04 season, and is a true rookie jersey, as these were Liles first games in the NHL. The jersey shows lighter overall wear, however displays some decent black marks in the sleeves, especially the right sleeve, and one huge black mark across the rear "6". This mark is easily seen in game videos. The front of the jersey is pretty clean, with a light mark in the "A" of the crest, and a couple of white marks on the chest. The Meigray tag is sewn in the rear hem, and the jersey is accompanied by the NHL-MGG LOA.
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John-Michael Liles was born November 25, 1980 in Zionsville, Indiana. The eighth pick, 159th overall selection of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Liles is a graduate of the Team USA Development Program and of the University of Michigan State.
An offensively gifted defenseman, Liles played four seasons at Michigan State capturing numerous awards, including; two-time All-American, Hobey Baker Award finalist, two-time winner of the CCHA's Best Offensive Defenceman and was a two-time All-CCHA First Team All-Star to name a few. The Zionsville, Indiana native capped off his collegiate career in 2002-03 as the top goal-scoring defenceman in Michigan State history (44) and the third-highest scoring defenceman with 138 points.
Once his collegiate career came to an end, Liles joined Colorado's AHL affiliate in Hershey before becoming a fixture on Colorado's blue line in 2003-04. In his first season with the Avalanche, Liles registered 34 points (10-24-34) and led all NHL rookie defenseman in scoring.
On the international stage, Liles was a member of the US World Cup team (2004) its World Championship team in 2005, and its Olympic team in 2006.
Liles established himself as the Avs' top offensive defenceman, consistantly providing production from the back end. He began the 2010 season by recording an assist in nine straight games, a Colorado record and went on to post a career best 40 assists.
On June 24, 2011, Liles' time in Colorado would come to an end. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a second round draft pick.
Born: November 5, 1980 - Zionsville, IN
5-10, 181 lbs.
Selected by Colorado Avalanche round 5 #159 overall 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Signed as a free agent by Iserlohn (Germany), December 29, 2004. Traded to Toronto by Colorado for Boston's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Washington - later traded to Dallas - Dallas selected Mike Winther) in 2012 Entry Draft, June 24, 2011.
- CCHA Second All-Star Team (2001)
- CCHA First All-Star Team (2002, 2003)
- NCAA West Second All-American Team (2002)
- NCAA West First All-American Team (2003)
- NHL All-Rookie Team (2004)