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Thomas Vanek
Thomas Vanek
Left Wing
Number: 26
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 214
Shoots: Right
Born: Jan 19, 1984  (Age 32)
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Drafted: BUF / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (5th overall)
CAREER: 2005-06: Appeared in 81 games… Recorded 48 points (25+23) in his rookie year… Ranked seventh among all NHL rookies in points… Had two goals and one assist vs. Boston (3/12)... Scored two goals, including GWG, vs. Florida (2/11)... Scored game-deciding goal in shootout vs. Ottawa (2/4)... Had two goals @ Toronto (1/26)...  Scored GWG vs. Atlanta (12/30)... Scored GWG and one assist vs. NY Islanders (12/26)... Scored penalty shot goal vs. Anaheim (12/8)... Scored twice, including his first career NHL goal, and added one assist vs. Carolina (11/9)... Assisted on Fitzpatrick's GWG vs. NY Rangers (10/22)... Had two assists and scored in shootout @ Tampa (10/13)... Picked up first NHL point (assist on Afinogenov's first goal) in his first NHL game vs. NY Islanders (10/5)... 2006 PLAYOFFS: Two points (2+0) in 10 games... Scored goal @ Carolina (5/22)... Scored first NHL playoff goal vs. Philadelphia (4/28).

2004-05: Was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team …Finished his first professional season with the Rochester Americans (AHL) with 68 points (42+26)…His 42 goals tied the Amerks’ franchise record for most goal by a rookie…Vanek led the AHL in power-play goals with 25…Finished second in the AHL in goal-scoring (42)…Earned Reebok AHL Rookie of the Month honors for April, after collecting 13 points (11+2) in nine games…Named the CCM/Vector Player of the Week on April 17th…Finished the regular season with a four-game point streak (7+2)…Registered three power-play goals against Syracuse on 4/16… Scored two goals @ St. John’s on 4/11…Scored two goals against St. John’s on 4/3… Registered his first career hat-trick against Syracuse on 3/13..Scored two goals @ Manitoba on 3/6…Had an eight game point streak (8+6) from 3/5 to 3/20…Scored two goals against @ St. John’s on 2/19…Had a seven-game point streak (3+5) from 1/25 to 2/4…Picked up two goals @ Syracuse on 12/18…Was named CMM Vector/AHL Player of the Week on 11/28… Scored two goals against Cincinnati on 11/5…Scored his first professional goal on 11/29 against Manitoba.
2003-04: At 2004 World Championships, had four assists in win over France (4/24)…Recorded goal vs. Canada (4/25)…Picked up goal and assist vs. Switzerland (4/27)…Led World Championships with five assists in first round Appeared in 38 games for Minnesota, earning JOFA/AHCA All-America honors…Named All-WCHA Second Team…Missed four games in February with shoulder injury…Led team in points (26+25), goals and penalties…Became 73rd player in history of Minnesota hockey to reach 100-point mark…Currently stands in 56th place with 57+56 and ranks 38th in school history with 57 career goals…Two-time WCHA Offensive Player of the Week…Led team with 16 multi-point games and six multi-goal games…Had seven games with three-or-more points…Scored at least one point in 12-straight postseason games…Ranked fourth on team in power-play points with 18 (6+12)…Recorded third three-assist game of career Wisconsin (1/30)… Scored 12 of 24 goals in the second period.

2002-03: One of two freshmen to play in all 45 games…Led nation’s rookies with 62 points (31+31)…Most points by a Golden Gopher freshman since Aaron Broten had 72 in 1979-80…First freshman to lead team in scoring since Mike Antonovich in 1969-70…First freshman named team MVP…Also received Frank Pond Rookie of the Year and Tom Mohr Playoff MVP awards…31 goals were the second-highest rookie total in school history and led the nation…WCHA Rookie of the Year…Third Golden Gopher to win award (Darby Hendrickson and Mike Crowley)…WCHA’s rookie scoring leader with 33 points (15+18) in WCHA play…17 of his 31 goals came in third period or overtime…Had point in 35 of 45 games…Led team with 16 multi-point and six multi-goal games…Two-time WCHA Rookie of the Week…First Golden Gopher freshman since 1995-96 to have two hat tricks…Led team with five game-winning goals, two game-tying goals and five unassisted goals…Finished season with seven-game point streak (7+4)…Had three GWGs in the postseason…Named Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player after recording two game-winners and four points…Only fourth freshman to ever be named MOP…NCAA West Regional MVP…Collected first career hat trick and added three assists in 12-1 win vs. Alabama-Huntsville (11/1)…Most points by a Golden Gopher freshman since Dave Snuggerud had six on Dec. 16, 1985, vs. U.S. International…Had second hat trick and added an assist in 5-5 tie vs. Michigan State (11/29)…Named WCHA Rookie of the Week after collecting 2+3 in sweep at Alaska Anchorage (1/31-2/1)…Had five assists in weekend sweep of Wisconsin (2/14-15)…U of M Scholar-Athlete…..First European to play at Minnesota…Graduate of Sioux Falls (S.D.) O’Gorman High School…Played three seasons with Sioux Falls of the USHL, earning first-team All-USHL honors in 2001-02 after leading the league in scoring with 46+45 in 53 games…Led USHL in goals and ranked third in assists…Tied for third in the league with 11 PPGs…Collected four hat tricks…Tallied 19 points during 11-game point streak (10/27-11/30/01)…Selected to USHL All-Star Game…Had 19 goals and 10 assists in 20 games with the Stampede in 2000-01…Played with Austria at 2001 World Junior Championships and was named the tournament’s top forward… Led Austria to 5-0-0 record in Pool B of the 2003 World Junior Championships in December…Led all players with nine goals… Played for Austria in the 2004 World Junior Championships and 2004 World Championships.
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