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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 kept refreshing the page on the NHL website after the second round and I was shocked he lasted that long. I'm sure the Coyotes were pretty happy to get him. He's such a good player and he plays big in big games.

— Arizona forward Henrik Samuelsson on prospect Edgars Kulda being drafted by the Coyotes