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Michael Liambas

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Name  Michael Liambas
Positions  Defenseman
Playing career  2009–present
Weight  93 kg

NHL Draft  Undrafted
Height  1.78 m
NHL team  Chicago Blackhawks
Role  Ice hockey player
Date joined  2015
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Born  February 16, 1989 (age 26) Woodbridge, ON, CAN (1989-02-16)
Education  University of British Columbia

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Michael Liambas (born February 16, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He currently plays under contract with the Anaheim Ducks organization of the National Hockey League (NHL). He made his debut in the NHL during the 2016–17 season, with the Nashville Predators.

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Early life

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Liambas grew up in Woodbridge, Ontario and is of Macedonian and Italian descent.

Junior

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Liambas began his junior hockey career in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (OPJHL) with the St. Michael's Buzzers. He joined the major junior ranks in 2006–07 with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Liambas underwent hip surgery in December 2008 and was subsequently sidelined for much of the 2008–09 season. He appeared in just five games during his third OHL season before the injury, not returning to the Otters line-up until the playoffs. Following the Otters' elimination, he was signed to a professional contract with the Bloomington PrairieThunder of the IHL on March 31, 2009. Liambas played the final eight games of the 2008–09 season for the PrairieThunder, scoring one goal, but returned to the OHL for a fourth season with the Otters as an overager in 2009–10.

Controversial hit on Ben Fanelli

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During a game against the Kitchener Rangers on October 31, 2009, Liambas delivered a highly controversial and devastating check to opposing sixteen-year-old defenceman Ben Fanelli. As Liambas checked Fanelli into the boards behind the Rangers net, Fanelli's head hit a metal partition in the glass, breaking and knocking off his helmet. Fanelli lay unconscious while twitching and foaming at the mouth before being rushed to the hospital in critical condition with skull and orbital bone fractures. Liambas was reportedly in tears while seeing Fanelli on the ice and attempted to visit him in the hospital, but was not allowed in. Fanelli was released from Hamilton General Hospital a week later on November 6, and he rejoined the Rangers two years later after recovering from the resulting brain injury.

Suspension

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Four days after the hit, on November 4, Liambas was suspended by OHL commissioner David Branch for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs, effectively ending Liambas' junior career. Branch cited the speed and distance to which Liambas skated to deliver the check, as well as the severity of Fanelli's injuries. He commented that the suspension was responding to a "need to take strong steps to ... send out the message to all our players and minor hockey players that we have to be ... more respectful of our opponent."

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Otters general manager Sherwood Bassin was quick to come to Liambas' defence following the suspension, expressing surprise at the severity of the penalty from Branch. Bassin asserted that Liambas was not simply a "goofball kid", citing his 95 percent average in high school, as well as volunteer work in initiating a stay-in-school program for kids and at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Erie. Liambas expressed regret during the hearing for his hit and commented that he did not know if he could deliver bodychecks any more as a hockey player.

Professional

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Having been suspended in his final year of junior eligibility, Liambas re-signed with the Bloomington Prairie Thunder (for whom he briefly played earlier in the year) on December 3, 2009. The following year, Liambas was invited by the Toronto Maple Leafs to their rookie camp. Liambas then attended the Maple Leafs' training camp on an amateur try-out contract. He was released from camp on September 23, 2010.

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In October 2010, Liambas joined the hockey team at the University of British Columbia, where he studied Human Kinetics. Following a suspension in late February 2011 for instigating and fighting in an altercation with Alberta Golden Bears forward Eric Hunter, Liambas signed with the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones, with whom he finished the season and skated in the Kelly Cup playoffs. Liambas re-signed with the Cyclones for the 2011–12 ECHL season on July 14, 2011. The following season, Liambas appeared in only one game with the Cyclones before being traded to the Orlando Solar Bears on October 30, 2012.

On July 2, 2015, Liambas was signed to his first NHL contract, agreeing to a one-year, two-way contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

At the conclusion of the season, Liambas was not tendered a qualifying offer to remain with the Blackhawks. As a free agent on July 3, 2016, Liambas agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Nashville Predators. Marking a return to the affiliate's of the Predators in the Milwaukee Admirals.

On July 1, 2017, Liambas left the Predators as a free agent and signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

References

Michael Liambas Wikipedia


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