Michael Dennis Liut (January 7, 1956-) put together an extremely successful 16-year career in the nets for three NHL teams and one WHA franchise and remains one of the most beloved players in each of the cities where he played. Liut first started gaining attention with the Dixie Beehives of the Ontario Junior Hockey Association before attending Bowling Green University. He led the Falcons for four seasons, posting a 53-27-1 record in 89 games and was twice named to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association All-Star First Team. The St. Louis Blues then took Mike in the fourth round (56th overall) of the 1976 NHL Entry Draft, but Liut chose to play for the Cincinnati Stingers of the World Hockey Association for two seasons (1977-1979). When the NHL swallowed up the WHA in 1979, the Blues stepped forward and reclaimed Liut’s rights inserting him in the nets recently vacated by Phil Myre. For 5-1/2 seasons, Liut was the workhorse of the young St. Louis squad, appearing in nearly every game from 1979 to 1985. In 1979-80, Mike led the NHL in wins with 32 and finished second in 1981 and 1982, and again in 1987. In 1981, he was named to his only NHL All-Star Game, to which he earned the All-Star MVP award after stopping 25 shots in the first and second periods. At the conclusion of the 1980-81 season, Mike was named the Lester B. Pearson Award winner (now the Ted Lindsay award), as the NHL’s most outstanding player as chosen by the NHL Players Association. In 1981, he was the starting goaltender for Team Canada in the Canada Cup, going 4-1-1 with one shutout. Unfortunately for Liut, he was blamed when Canada was decimated 8-1 in the final by the Soviet Union team. Liut played a stand-up style of goal for 16 years with the Blues (1979-1985), the Hartford Whalers (1985-1990) and the Washington Capitals (1990-1992). He led the NHL once in wins, goals against average and ties plus overtime/shootout losses, twice in minutes, games and goals against and three times in shutouts. Mike Liut finished his career with a 294-271-74 record, 25 shutouts and a 3.49 goals against average in 664 games. His closest shot at a Stanley Cup came in 1990 when his Washington Capitals team fell to the Boston Bruins in the Wales Conference Finals.