G 6'3" 200
Born: May 19, 1981
Birthplace: Petrolia, Ontario
Catches: Left
Drafted: CHI 1999 (6th, 165th)
Michael Leighton

Michael Leighton

Position Goalie
Height 6'3"
Weight 200
Catches Left
Born May 19, 1981
Birthplace Petrolia, ON
Drafted CHI 1999 (6th, 165th)

Career Statistics

        Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League   GP W L O/T SO GAA SV%   GP W L O/T SO GAA SV%
1998-99 Windsor OHL   28 4 17 2 0 4.84 .867   3 0 1 0 0 7.43 .884
1999-00 Windsor OHL   42 17 17 2 1 3.12 .889   12 5 6 0 0 3.11 .922
2000-01 Windsor OHL   54 32 13 5 2 2.73 .910   9 4 5 0 1 3.12 .914
2001-02 Norfolk AHL   52 27 16 8 6 2.14 .920   4 1 2 0 0 2.02 .927
2002-03 Norfolk AHL   36 18 13 5 4 2.50 .912   4 3 1 0 1 1.75 .931
  Chicago NHL   8 2 3 2 1 2.82 .913   - - - - - - -
2003-04 Chicago NHL   35 6 18 8 2 2.99 .900   - - - - - - -
  Norfolk AHL   18 10 7 1 1 1.83 .926   4 2 1 0 2 0.57 .978
2004-05 Norfolk AHL   41 20 16 3 7 2.02 .921   - - - - - - -
2005-06 Rochester AHL   40 15 22 1 2 3.21 .887   - - - - - - -
2006-07 Portland AHL   16 8 6 1 2 2.31 .910   - - - - - - -
  Nashville NHL   1 0 0 0 0 6.07 .910   - - - - - - -
  Philadelphia NHL   4 2 2 0 0 3.70 .882   - - - - - - -
  Philadelphia AHL   5 2 0 2 0 1.56 .948   - - - - - - -
2007-08 Albany AHL   58 28 25 4 7 2.10 .931   7 3 4 0 2 1.18 .968
  Carolina NHL   3 1 1 0 0 2.66 .897   - - - - - - -
2008-09 Carolina NHL   19 6 7 2 0 2.92 .901   - - - - - - -
2009-10 Carolina NHL   7 1 4 0 0 4.28 .848   - - - - - - -
  Philadelphia NHL   27 16 5 2 1 2.48 .918   14 8 3 0 3 2.46 .916
2010-11 Philadelphia NHL   1 1 0 0 0 4.00 .889   2 0 1 0 0 3.43 .862
  Adirondack AHL   30 14 12 3 5 2.22 .926   - - - - - - -
2011-12 Adirondack AHL   56 28 26 1 2 2.58 .918   - - - - - - -
2012-13 Philadelphia NHL   1 0 1 0 0 5.08 .808   - - - - - - -
  Adirondack AHL   2 1 1 0 0 2.02 .933   - - - - - - -
2013-14 Donbass HC KHL   42 20 15 6 6 1.74 .933   8 3 4 0 0 2.57 .908
2014-15 Rockford AHL   42 22 13 4 5 2.26 .920   8 4 3 0 0 2.59 .919
2015-16 Rockford AHL   46 28 8 8 5 2.44 .918   - - - - - - -
  Chicago NHL   1 0 0 0 0 1.52 .941   - - - - - - -
2016-17 Charlotte AHL   23 11 7 3 3 2.17 .921   1 0 1 0 0 1.15 .933
  Carolina NHL   4 2 2 0 0 3.43 .870   - - - - - - -
   
AHL TOTALS   465 232 172 44 49 2.33 .918   28 13 12 0 5 1.67 .946
NHL TOTALS   110 37 43 14 4 2.98 .900   16 8 4 0 3 2.54 .912
PRO TOTALS   617 289 231 49 59 2.40 .916   52 24 20 0 8 2.05 .931

Biography

Ended the 2016-17 season as the AHL's all-time leader with 49 career shutouts and ranked tied for fifth all time with 232 career victories ... Five AHL All-Star appeareances are the most by a goaltender in league history ... Holds the Checkers' all-time record with a shutout streak of 192 minutes set in 2016-17 ... Signed one-year, two-way deal with Carolina on 9/7/2016.

2016-17

Completed his 16th professional season and first with the Checkers … Also played four games in the NHL with Carolina, his most since leading the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in 2009-10 … Led the Checkers with three shutouts despite being limited to just 23 games due to recalls and injury … Stopped 22 shots to earn his first win as a Checker in his first start of the season at IA (10/21) … Stopped all 30 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the season vs. GR (10/29) … Stopped 17 shots to earn his second consecutive shutout and the 48th of his AHL career, extending his own all-time league record, vs. RFD (11/2) … Set a team record with a 192-minute shutout streak spanning four games from the first period vs. GR on 10/28 to the first period vs. RFD on 11/3 … Won each of his first six starts as a Checker from 10/21-11/11 … Recalled to Carolina to replace the injured Eddie Lack on 11/21 … Made 33 saves vs. FLA (11/27) to earn his first NHL win since 12/30/10 … Assigned to Charlotte on 12/9 and played one game before rejoining the Hurricanes on 12/10 … Assigned to Charlotte on 12/14 and stopped 35 shots to earn the win vs. MB (12/14) before rejoining the Hurricanes the following day … Returned to Charlotte on 12/21 … Made a season-high 37 saves in a 3-2 overtime win at MB (12/30) … Recalled to Carolina on 1/4 … Returned to Charlotte on 1/16 and played the team’s next two games before returning to Carolina on 1/19 … Reassigned to Charlotte for the final time this season on 1/26 … Made his fifth career AHL All-Star appearance, the most ever by a goaltender, helping the Central Division to the All-Star Challenge title in Lehigh Valley (1/30) … Made 23 saves to earn his third shutout of the season and third consecutive win vs. STK (2/11). The victory was the 232nd of his AHL career, tying him for fifth on the league’s all-time list … Suffered an injury at MIL (2/17) that kept him out for the remainder of the regular season … Returned to action in Game 5 of the Checkers’ first-round playoff series at CHI (4/26), stopping 15 of 16 shots in relief.

2015-16

Completed his 15th pro season and second with Rockford … Became the AHL’s all-time leader in shutouts … Finished the season ranked ninth all-time in AHL wins ... Named to AHL All-Star Game … Named AHL Goaltender of the Month in January … Tied for sixth in the league and matched his career high in wins … Kicked off the season with a 30-save win at SJ (10/9) … Earned his first shutout of the season with 20 saves against IA (10/30) … Made 40 stops in a win at GR (11/6) … Earned Rockford at least one point in the standings in eight consecutive games from 10/21 to 11/14 … Immediately went on a six-game winning streak after from 11/22 to 12/8 … Made a season-high 49 saves at TEX (12/8) … Earned his team a point in the standings in 11 straight games from 12/26 to 1/30 … Marked three shutouts during the month of January (1/16, 1/23, 1/29) … Recorded his fifth shutout of the season, breaking the AHL all-time record, with a 35-save effort vs LE (3/5) … Recalled by Chicago … Made his lone NHL appearance in relief vs DAL (3/22)

2014-15

Completed his 14th pro season and first with Rockford … Earned his second career AHL Goaltender of the Month in January … Marked his first shutout of the season in a shootout loss at TOR (10/19) … Earned his first win of the season with a 29-save showing vs CHI (10/25), kicking off a four-game winning streak … Made 19 stops in his second shutout of the season at MIL (12/4) … Went 4-0-2 with two shutouts (1/3, 1/22) during the month of January … Made a season-high 44 saves at CHI (1/17) … Blanked ADK for his final shutout of the season on 3/27 … Made at least 30 saves in each game of Rockford’s Calder Cup playoff opening round sweep of TEX

2013-14

Completed his 13th pro season and first overseas … Tied for 3rd in the KHL in wins and ranked sixth in goals-against average

2012-13

Completed his 12th pro season and fifth in the Flyers organization … Missed most of the season due to injury … Made his lone NHL appearance in a loss at TBL (1/27) … Went 1-1-0 in two appearances with Adirondack before being traded to Columbus at the NHL trade deadline … Served as a backup for the Blue Jackets but did not appear in a game

2011-12

Completed his 11th pro season and fourth in the Flyers organization … Tied for third in the AHL and matched his career high in wins … Ranked second in the AHL in saves … Named to his third AHL All-Star Game

2010-11

Completed his 10th pro season and third with the Flyers organization … Appeared in one game for Philadelphia, making 36 saves in a win over LAK (12/30) … Posted back-to-back shutouts for Adirondack on 2/5 and 2/12/11 in wins at Hamilton and at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ... Finished the campaign 8-2-0-0 over his final 10 outings, with a .938 SV% and a 1.81 GAA

2009-10

Completed his 9th pro season … Began the season with Carolina, appearing in seven games before being claimed off of waivers by Philadelphia … Played 27 games for the Flyers, his most in the NHL since 2003-04 … Appeared in 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games, leading the Flyers to the Finals … Made his first NHL postseason start in a Game 7 win in the first round over BOS (5/12) … Earned three shutouts over a four-game stretch against Montreal, setting an NHL record for the most shutouts in a single series

2008-09

Completed his 8th pro season and first spent entirely in the NHL … Spent the season backing up Cam Ward, appearing in 19 games … Did not play in the postseason as the Hurricanes advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals

2007-08

Completed his seventh pro season … Set career highs with 58 games played, 28 wins and seven shutouts in the AHL with Albany … Won the Baz Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s most outstanding goalie … Set an AHL record with 98 saves in a five-overtime loss against PHI in Game 4 of the East Division Semi-Finals … Named to AHL First All-Star Team, as well the AHL All-Star Game … Earned AHL Player of the Week honors in October … Appeared in three games for Carolina

2006-07

Completed his sixth pro season … After signing with Anaheim, began the season in the AHL with Portland before being claimed on waivers by Nashville … Appeared in part of one game for the Predators before being placed back on waivers and claimed by Philadelphia … Won his first NHL start in nearly three years with the Flyers over STL (2/10) … Placed on waivers after four games and claimed by Montreal … Finished the season with the Canadiens without playing a game

2005-06

Completed his fifth pro season … Traded to Buffalo just prior to the season and spent the season in the AHL with Rochester

2004-05

Completed his fourth pro season … Set a career high with seven shutouts

2003-04

Completed his third pro season … Spent the majority of the year in the NHL for the first time in his career

2002-03

Completed his second pro season … Made his NHL debut on 1/8 and became the first player in Blackhawks history to record a shutout in their debut

2001-02

Completed his first pro season … Named to AHL All-Rookie Team and to the AHL All-Star Game … Named AHL Goaltender of the Month in January

Junior

Appeared in 354 games over three OHL seasons with Windsor, going 53-45-16