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Thomas Vanek
NUMBER: 26 BIRTHDATE: January 19, 1984  (AGE 30)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Vienna, Austria
WEIGHT: 217 DRAFTED: BUF / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (5th overall)

Acquired on March 5 from NYI with a conditional 5th round draft pick in 2014, in return for Sebastian Collberg and a conditional 2nd round draft pick in 2014… Played his 1st career game with the Canadiens on March 6 at PHX… Recorded his 1st career point (assist) with the Canadiens on March 12 vs. BOS… Scored his 1st career goal and hat trick with the Canadiens on March 18 vs. COL… Totaled 3 points (1-2-3), 6 shots and a +3 differential on March 27 at DET… Recorded 2 points (1-1-2) and a +3 differential on March 29 at FLA… Led the team in March in powerplay goals (2) and differential (+6, tied with D. Desharnais and M. Pacioretty)… Tied a personal-high with 3 assists on April at OTT… Led the team in April with 4 assists… Played his 1st career playoff game with the Canadiens, recording 1 goal on 7 shots, on April 16 at TBL… Tallied 2 goals on May 3 at BOS and on May 12 vs. BOS…

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 and 2nd 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

I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh