DEFENSEMAN SET CAREER HIGHS IN 2005-06
General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have re-signed defenseman Jim Vandermeer to a 1-year deal.
Last season, Vandermeer, 6'1", 218 lbs., set new career highs in NHL games played (76), goals (6), power play goals (2), assists (18), points (24) and penalty minutes (116). His two power play goals led all Blackhawk defensemen. Vandermeer, who was an alternate captain for select games, also recorded five multi-point games to lead Chicago defensemen.
Vandermeer, 26, was acquired with Colin Fraser and a second round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (Bryan Bickell) by the Blackhawks from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Alex Zhamnov and a fourth round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft on Feb. 19, 2004. Vandermeer originally signed with Philadelphia as a free agent on Dec. 21, 2000.
During the 2004-05 season, Vandermeer appeared in 52 games for the Norfolk Admirals, recording three goals and 10 assists for 13 points and 164 penalty minutes.
In 2003-04, he skated in 23 games for the Blackhawks registering 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and 58 penalty minutes.
Before coming to the Blackhawks, Vandermeer appeared in 47 games for Philadelphia during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, tallying five goals and three assists for eight points and 52 penalty minutes. He skated in eight playoff games during the 2002-03 season recording an assist and nine penalty minutes.