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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 *One goal shy of 300 in his career 2014-15 HIGHLIGHTS *Ranked third on the team in scoring and assists, T-3rd in goals, fourth in shots *Reached 20-goal plateau for 10th straight season. Sixth European to score 20 or more goals in first 10 seasons (Jagr, Kovalchuk, Ovechkin, Selanne and Sundin). One of three active players to score 20 or more goals in first 10 seasons (Jagr, Ovechkin) CAREER *Ranks second in PPG, 8th goals and T-11th in GWG since entering the NHL in 2005-06 PERSONAL *Charitable interests include Children s Hospital and Defending the Blue Line *While country is his favorite music genre, U2 is his favorite band *Snacks on almonds *During the Wild s inaugural season in 2000-01: 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.
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He plays the way that we want to play and he's a leader on the ice. It's those components we feel were the dynamic of what we wanted in our captain.

— Devils coach John Hynes on defenseman Andy Greene, who was named captain Thursday
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