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Michael Leighton  #49

NUMBER: 49 BIRTHDATE: May 19, 1981  (AGE 34)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Petrolia, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 186 DRAFTED: CHI / 1999 NHL Entry Draft
Catches: Left ROUND: 6th   (165th overall)
AHL All-Rookie Team (2002) AHL First All-Star Team (2008) Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award (AHL Outstanding Goaltender) (2008) Traded to Buffalo by Chicago for Milan Bartovic, October 4, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 13, 2006. Claimed on waivers by Nashville from Anaheim, November 27, 2006. Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia from Nashville, January 11, 2007. Claimed on waivers by Montreal from Philadelphia, February 27, 2007. Traded to Carolina by Montreal for Carolina's 7th round choice (Scott Kishel) in 2007 Entry Draft, June 23, 2007. Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia from Carolina, December 15, 2009. Traded to Columbus by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 3rd round choice in 2015 Entry Draft for Steve Mason, April 3, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Donetsk (KHL), August 19, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Socchi (KHL), May 27, 2014.
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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4