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Avs D Liles ties NHL assist mark to start a year @NHLdotcom

DENVER (AP) -Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber recently mocked New England quarterback Tom Brady in a rap video for growing his hair in a style similar to that worn by the singer.

Somehow, Colorado Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles doesn't think his curly, long blond locks will inspire Bieber in quite the same fashion.

Liles doubts Bieber even knows who he is, much less cares about his new look.

Around hockey circles, it's hard not to take notice of Liles, for reasons besides all the hair jutting out from under his helmet.

Liles is on quite a hot streak, dishing out at least one assist in eight straight games. That ties him with Ottawa's Filip Kuba for the NHL mark of consecutive games with an assist by a defenseman to start a season, a record Kuba established in 2008-09.

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