Where are they Now
Michael Leighton becomes 13th goalie in AHL history to win 200 games

November 20, 2015

photo courtesy of Rockford IceHogs

Petrolia native Michael Leighton has become the 13th goalie in American Hockey League history to record 200 career wins.

The former Windsor Spitfires goaltender (1998-2001) was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1999. 

Leighton has appeared in 406 regular-season AHL games over his 15-year professional career, posting a record of 200-159-34 with Norfolk, Rochester, Portland, Philadelphia/Adirondack, Albany and Rockford. His 42 shutouts are second only to Johnny Bower (45) in AHL history.

Leighton grew up playing minor hockey in Petrolia for the Petrolia Oilers before playing AAA for the formally named Lambton Lightning now known as Lambton Jr. Sting.  At the age of 16 he played for the Petrolia Jets before being drafted by the Windsor Spitfires in the 3rd round (56th overall) in the 1998 OHL Priority Selection. Today Leighton is with the Rockford IceHogs (8-3-1-1).







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