OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has re-signed forward Antoine Vermette to a two-year contract.
In his fourth National Hockey League season, Vermette recorded career highs in both goals (24) and assists (29) while recording 51 penalty minutes in 81 games with the club. Vermette was one of six 20-goal scorers on the Senators, while his three shorthanded goals were tied for second on the club behind Daniel Alfredsson’s seven.
Vermette was sixth in the NHL with a 56.7 per cent success rate in the faceoff circle and recorded his first career NHL hat trick on April 3, scoring three times in an 8-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The 25-year-old has recorded 71 goals, 68 assists and 163 penalty minutes in 297 career regular-season games. He has also contributed eight points (4-4) and 18 penalty minutes in 38 career playoff games.
The native of St-Agapit, Que., spent parts of three seasons with Ottawa’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, recording 62 goals and 73 assists for 135 points in 161 AHL games.
Vermette was Ottawa’s second second-round pick (55th overall) in the 2000 NHL entry draft.
Antoine Vermette, Forward - Shoots left - 6'1”, 200 lbs.
Born: July 20, 1982 (St-Agapit, Que.)
Drafted: 2000 – Ottawa’s second second-round pick (55th overall)
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