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Thomas Vanek

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Thomas Vanek
Born (1984-01-19) 19 January 1984 (age 40)
Baden bei Wien, Austria
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Played for NHL:
Buffalo Sabres
New York Islanders
Montreal Canadiens
Minnesota Wild
Detroit Red Wings
Florida Panthers
Vancouver Canucks
EBEL:
Graz 99ers
National team  Austria
NHL Draft 5th overall, 2003
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2004–2019

Thomas Vanek (born January 19, 1984) is an Austrian former professional ice hockey left winger. He played a total of 14 years in the National Hockey League (NHL). Vanek played for the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, and the Vancouver Canucks. He also played for the Graz 99ers of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL).

Career[change | change source]

Before he played in the NHL, Vanek played for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL for 3 seasons and the University of Minnesota for 2 years.

He was drafted 5th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2003 NHL draft. He played for the Buffalo Sabres for 8 seasons.

On October 27, 2013, he was traded to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson, a 2014 1st round draft pick, and a 2015 2nd round draft pick.[1]

On July 1, 2014, Vanek signed a three-year, $5.5 contract with the Minnesota Wild. The contract will also give him $6.5 million in the second year, and $7.5 million in the third year as well as a no-trade clause.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Islanders acquire Vanek from Sabres". NHL.com. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  2. "Signing in Minnesota beyond Vanek's 'wildest dreams'". NHL. Retrieved 2014-07-03.

Other websites[change | change source]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brandon Bochenski
WCHA Rookie of the Year
2002–03
Succeeded by
Brady Murray
Preceded by
Grant Potulny
NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
2003
Succeeded by
Adam Berkhoel
Preceded by
Daniel Paille
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
2003
Succeeded by
Drew Stafford
Preceded by
Benjamin Raich
Austrian Sports Personality of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Thomas Morgenstern
Preceded by
Wade Redden and Michal Rozsíval
Winner of the NHL Plus-Minus Award
2007
Succeeded by
Pavel Datsyuk
Preceded by
Jason Pominville
Buffalo Sabres captain
with Steve Ott

2013
Succeeded by
Steve Ott