Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Liut
Mike Liut took a huge step towards becoming a professional goaltender when he enrolled at Bowling Green University in 1973. It was there that superior coaching and academic development gave him the foundation to turn pro with confidence. After being named twice to the CCHA First All-Star team, Liut turned a few heads at the Central Scouting Bureau. He was selected 56th overall by the St. Louis Blues in 1976.

But Liut opted for the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA where he took on the Bobby Hulls and Dave Keons of the league for two seasons. When World Hockey melted back to the NHL, the Blues reclaimed Liut's rights.

Liut was outstanding in his debut with St. Louis. His first two seasons saw him pile up 71 victories. In 1980-81, he was voted a runner-up to Wayne Gretzky for the Hart Trophy; he was selected as a First Team All-Star; and, he won the Lester B. Pearson Trophy as the league's MVP as determined by his peers.

In 1985, Liut was traded to the Hartford Whalers where, in his second season, he led the league in shutouts with four. He also posted the league's best goals-against average in 1989-90.

He was traded to the Washington Capitals in 1990, but had difficulty maintaining his workhorse status because of a failing back, an ailment that led to his retirement in 1991-92.

Following his playing career, Liut joined the University of Michigan as an assistant coach in 1995-96 until the end of the 1997-98 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1971-72 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.B
1972-73 Dixie Beehives ON-Jr.A 26 0 4.12
1973-74 Bowling Green University CCHA 24 10 12 0 1 4.15
1974-75 Bowling Green University CCHA 20 12 6 1 0 3.99
1975-76 Bowling Green University CCHA 21 13 5 0 2 2.56
1976-77 Bowling Green University CCHA 24 18 4 0 2 2.72
1977-78 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 27 8 12 0 0 4.25
1978-79 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 54 23 27 4 3 3.47 3 1 2 0 0 3.35
1979-80 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 32 23 9 2 3.18 3 0 3 0 3.73
1980-81 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 33 14 13 1 3.34 11 5 6 0 4.38
1981-82 Canada Can-Cup 6 4 1 1 1 3.17
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 28 28 7 2 4.06 10 5 3 0 3.28
1982-83 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 21 27 13 1 3.72 4 1 3 0 3.75
1983-84 St. Louis Blues NHL 58 25 29 4 3 3.45 11 6 5 1 2.44
1984-85 St. Louis Blues NHL 32 12 12 6 1 3.82
1984-85 Hartford Whalers NHL 13 5 7 1 1 2.88
1985-86 Hartford Whalers NHL 57 27 23 4 2 3.62 8 5 2 1 1.90
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 59 31 22 5 4 3.23 6 2 4 0 4.52
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 60 25 28 5 2 3.18 3 1 1 0 4.13
1988-89 Hartford Whalers NHL 35 13 19 1 1 4.25
1989-90 Hartford Whalers NHL 29 15 12 1 3 2.64
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 8 4 4 0 1 2.13 9 4 4 0 3.31
1990-91 Washington Capitals NHL 35 13 16 3 0 3.73 2 0 1 0 5.00
1991-92 Washington Capitals NHL 21 10 7 2 1 3.74
NHL Totals 664 294 271 74 25 3.48 67 29 32 2 3.38


CCHA First All-Star Team (1975, 1977)
CCHA Second All-Star Team (1976)
CCHA Player of the Year (1977)
NHL First All-Star Team (1981)
Lester B. Pearson Award (1981)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1987) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1981)
Selected by New England (WHA) in 1976 WHA Amateur Draft, May, 1976. WHA rights traded to Cincinnati (WHA) by New England (WHA) for Greg Carroll and Bryan Maxwell, May, 1977. Reclaimed by St. Louis from Cincinnati (WHA) prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Traded to Hartford by St. Louis with Jorgen Pettersson for Mark Johnson and Greg Millen, February 21, 1985. Traded to Washington by Hartford for Yvon Corriveau, March 6, 1990.