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Thomas Vanek
NUMBER: 26 BIRTHDATE: January 19, 1984  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Vienna, Austria
WEIGHT: 218 DRAFTED: BUF / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (5th overall)
2015-16 HIGHLIGHTS *Owns six points (4-2=6) in last six games....13 points (6-7=13) in last 14 contests *Leads team in goals, T-1st in GWG (2), 2nd in shots (47), 3rd in scoring *Tallied two goals and six shots vs. WPG (11/10) *Skated season-high 20:39 vs. NSH (11/5) *Registered 6-game point streak (2-5=7, 10/22-10/31) *Scored 300th career NHL goal at ARI (10/15) *Since 2005-06, ranks 2nd in the NHL in PPG, 6th in goals and 11th in GWG PERSONAL *Charitable interests include Children s Hospital and Defending The Blue Line *While country is his favorite music genre, U2 is his favorite band *During the Wild s inaugural 2000-01 season: Went to school and played hockey in Sioux Falls
USHL First All-Star Team (2002) USHL MVP (2002) WCHA All-Rookie Team (2003) WCHA Second All-Star Team (2003, 2004) WCHA Rookie of the Year (2003) NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (2003) NCAA Championship Tournament MVP (2003) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2004) AHL All-Rookie Team (2005) NHL Second All-Star Team (2007) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2009) Signed as a free agent by Graz (Austria), October 1, 2012. Traded to NY Islanders by Buffalo for Matt Moulson and NY Islanders' 1st (later traded to Ottawa Ottawa selected Colin White) and 2nd (Brendan Guhle) round choices in 2015 Entry Draft, October 27, 2013. Traded to Montreal by NY Islanders with NY Islanders' 5th round choice (Nikolas Koberstein) in 2014 Entry Draft for Sebastian Collberg and Montreal's 2nd round choice (later traded to Tampa Bay Tampa Bay selected Johnathan MacLeod) in 2014 Entry Draft, March 5, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 1, 2014.
Quote of the Day

Yeah, I guess so. That empty-netter was pretty lucky, but I'll take it.

— Senators forward Mike Hoffman when asked if his two-goal game was a good way to celebrate his 26th birthday
World Cup of Hockey 2016