Thomas Vanek

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Thomas Vanek
Thomas Vanek.jpg
Born (1984-01-19) 19 January 1984 (age 38)
Baden bei Wien, Austria
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Detroit Red Wings
Graz 99ers
Buffalo Sabres
New York Islanders
Montreal Canadiens
Minnesota Wild
Florida Panthers
Vancouver Canucks
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team  Austria
NHL Draft 5th overall, 2003
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2004–present

Thomas Vanek (born January 19, 1984) is an Austrian professional ice hockey left winger. He currently plays for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, and Montreal Canadiens.

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

Succeeded by
Steve Ott