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A standout goaltender, Mike Liut set many goaltending records during his time at Bowling Green in the early 1970's. He was named to the All-CCHA team three times, including two first team selections, and CCHA Player of the Year honors in 1977. A 1982 BG Hall of Fame inductee, Liut was the first hockey player voted into the hall.

The Woodbridge, Ontario native set the school record for goals-against average (2.56 in 1975-76), and his .905 save percentage that year still ranks as seventh best in school history. He also set a school record at the time with 4,962 minutes, 56 seconds played. The 24 saves he made in the February 20-21, 1976 series against SUNY-Buffalo still stands as the fewest made in a series by a BG goaltender. In the 1977 CCHA Championship Series, he posted a 4-0 shutout of St. Louis in the first game, then stopped 17 of 18 shots in a backup role two nights later to secure the total goals series win for the Falcons.

He was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the fourth round of the 1976 NHL Draft, and after three years with Cincinnati of the World Hockey Association, he joined the Blues in 1980. 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. His son, Justin, joined the Falcons in the 2005-06 season.

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(Information from LegendsOfHockey.net were used for the NHL portion of this page.)
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