DES MOINES -- Iowa Wild forward Mike Liambas takes seriously his role as an on-ice protector.
Signed by the Wild last summer to a two-year, two-way contract, Liambas has never been much of an offensive contributor. But he's always earned the admiration of his teammates at various stops because he demands the respect and attention of opponents.
A Toronto-area native, Liambas has been a nomad of sorts, beginning his pro career with the East Coast Hockey League's Cincinnati Cyclones in 2011. In the nine years since, he's played in Orlando of the ECHL, Milwaukee, Rockford and San Diego in the American Hockey League, and in eight NHL games with Nashville and Anaheim.