One-on-One: John-Michael Liles
Leafs defenceman John-Michael Liles was in Toronto for a screening of the forthcoming film “The Campaign” starring Will Ferrell. TMLfans.ca had a chance to speak with Liles.
Q: How much are you looking forward to this movie, and how big of a Will Ferrell fan are you?
A: I’m a big fan of Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. I’m pretty excited to see the movie, and I think ever since the trailer came out, I think everybody’s been excited to see this movie. These two guys are pretty funny,
Q: Do you like the moves that Burke has made so far, including trading for your one-time Avalanche teammate Jay McClement?
A: Jay Mac’s a great guy. I got to play with him a little bit in Colorado and I think he’s going to be bringing a great presence in the room. He’s just a really solid guy. You know just what you’re getting with him. I think Burkie knows exactly the direction we’re heading and I’m looking forward to getting the season going.
Q: A lot of teams in the Eastern Conference have made upgrades, such as the Rangers (Rick Nash) and the Hurricanes (Jordan Staal). How do the Leafs stay competitive?
A: That’s Burkie’s department. My job is to make sure that I’m ready to go, and I think everybody is in our locker room is pretty confident that we’ve got a pretty good team in there.
Q: How have you been keeping in shape in the off-season?
A: Just the usual lifting, running, skating and biking. Pretty much the stuff that I do each and every year, and adding a few new things.
Q: You’re from Indianapolis, and you played in Denver. How do you feel about Peyton Manning signing with the Broncos?
A: I’m a huge Colts fan and a huge Peyton Manning fan, so now I’m a Broncos fan! I’m looking forward to seeing him play, and hopefully we’ll catch a game or two at some point, before the hockey season gets going.
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