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Michael Liambas

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Michael Liambas Michael Liambas (born February 16, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. Liambas is most notable for the highly controversial check he delivered to Kitchener Rangers defenceman Ben Fanelli while playing for the Erie Otters on October 31, 2009, a move that resulted in severe injury and brain damage to Fanelli (who later made a full recovery and rejoined the Rangers) as well as a suspension that ended Liambas' junior career. Liambas began his junior hockey career in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (OPJHL) with the St. Michael's Buzzers. He joined the major junior ranks in 2006–07 with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Liambas underwent hip surgery in December 2008 and was subsequently sidelined for much of the 2008–09 season. He appeared in just five games during his third OHL season before the injury, not returning to the Otters lineup until the playoffs. Following the Otters' elimination, he was signed to a professional contract with the Bloomington PrairieThunder of the IHL on March 31, 2009. Liambas played the final eight games of the 2008–09 season for the  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1989-02-16
Place of birth
Woodbridge, Ontario

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