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Mike Vernace

Mike Vernace

Defenseman
BIRTHDATE: May 26, 1986
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Toronto, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 216 DRAFTED: SJS / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 7th   (201st overall)

2010-11:

Logged 10:04 in TOI in his Lightning debut on 10/9 vs. ATL...Logged a season-high 16:33 on 10/16 at FLA...Last appeared for the Lightning on 11/20 vs. BUF, logging 4:41 and landing two hits...Reassigned to Norfolk (AHL) on 11/21...Recalled from Norfolk on 2/15...At the time of his recall, led Admirals defensemen in points (20) and was 2nd in goals (6) and PPGs (2)...Registered his 1st career NHL point on 2/15 vs. PHI with an assist.

OHL All-Rookie Team (2005) Traded to Colorado by San Jose for Colorado's 6th round choice (Patrick Zackrisson) in 2007 Entry Draft, June 1, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 30, 2009. Traded to San Jose by Atlanta with Brett Sterling and Atlanta's 7th round choice (Lee Moffie) in 2010 Entry Draft for future considerations, June 23, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 29, 2010. Traded to Florida by Tampa Bay with James Wright for Mike Kostka and Evan Oberg, December 2, 2011. Traded to NY Rangers by Florida with Florida's 3rd round choice (later traded to San Jose, later traded to Phoenix Phoenix selected Pavel Laplante) in 2013 Entry Draft for Wojtek Wolski, February 25, 2012.
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