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Austria Thomas Vanek
#26 Detroit Red Wings / NHL - 18/19
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Scoring Leaders
# Player GP G A TP
1. Sean Farrell 53 29 72 101
2. Matthew Coronato 51 48 37 85
3. Josh Doan 53 31 39 70
4. Erik Middendorf 53 32 36 68
5. Daniil Gushchin 46 32 32 64
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Player Facts
Date of Birth
Position
LW/RW
Age
37
Height
6'2" / 188 cm
Place of Birth
Weight
214 lbs / 97 kg
Nation
Shoots
R
Youth Team
Status
Retired
Highlights
1-time NCAA (Championship) Winner 1

Brother-in-law: Josef Vasicek
Father: Zdenek Vanek
Son: Blake Vanek

Vanek became the highest-drafted Austrian player in NHL history when he was taken 5th overall in 2003. The big winger played for 8 teams during his career: the Sabres, Islanders, Canadiens, Wild, Red Wings, Panthers, Canucks, and Blue Jackets. He was an 8x 25-goal scorer and retired in 2019 with 373 goals and 789 points.

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Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1999-00 Rochester Jr. Americans NAHL 14 6 4 10 8 |
Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 35 15 18 33 12 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1 0
2000-01 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 20 19 10 29 15 | Playoffs 8 5 4 9 2
2001-02 Sioux Falls Stampede “C” USHL 53 46 45 91 54 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0 9
Austria U20 WJC-20 D1 5 5 6 11 2 5 |
2002-03 Univ. of Minnesota NCAA 45 31 31 62 60 |
Austria U20 WJC-20 D1 5 9 4 13 10 5 |
2003-04 Univ. of Minnesota NCAA 38 26 25 51 72 |
Austria U20 “C” WJC-20 6 3 1 4 37 -8 |
Austria WC 6 2 5 7 0 2 |
2004-05 Rochester Americans AHL 74 42 26 68 62 -3 | Playoffs 5 2 3 5 10 4
Austria OGQ 3 1 0 1 0 -1 |
2005-06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 25 23 48 72 -11 | Playoffs 10 2 0 2 6 -1
2006-07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 43 41 84 40 47 | Playoffs 16 6 4 10 10 2
2007-08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 36 28 64 64 -5 |
Austria WC D1 5 5 5 10 6 2 |
Austria (all) International 5 5 5 10 6 |
2008-09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 40 24 64 44 -1 |
Austria WC 6 1 3 4 2 -1 |
Austria (all) International 6 1 3 4 2 |
2009-10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 28 25 53 42 9 | Playoffs 3 2 1 3 2 1
2010-11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 32 41 73 24 2 | Playoffs 7 5 0 5 0 -7
2011-12 Buffalo Sabres “A” NHL 78 26 35 61 52 -6 |
2012-13 Graz99ers EBEL 11 5 10 15 4 -3 |
Buffalo Sabres “A” NHL 38 20 21 41 20 -1 |
Austria “A” WC 7 4 2 6 2 -2 |
Austria (all) International 7 4 2 6 2 -2 |
2013-14 Buffalo Sabres “C” NHL 13 4 5 9 4 -5 |
New York Islanders NHL 47 17 27 44 34 4 |
Montréal Canadiens NHL 18 6 9 15 8 8 | Playoffs 17 5 5 10 4 -4
Austria “C” OG 4 0 1 1 4 -4 |
Austria (all) International 4 0 1 1 4 -4 |
2014-15 Minnesota Wild NHL 80 21 31 52 37 -6 | Playoffs 10 0 4 4 2 -7
2015-16 Minnesota Wild NHL 74 18 23 41 22 -10 |
2016-17 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 15 23 38 16 2 |
Florida Panthers NHL 20 2 8 10 6 -7 |
Team Europe WCup 6 0 1 1 2 -2 |
2017-18 Vancouver Canucks NHL 61 17 24 41 28 -12 |
Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 19 7 8 15 8 9 | Playoffs 6 1 1 2 2 -1
2018-19 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 16 20 36 26 -12 |
Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
1996-97 Austria Peewee QC Int PW - - - - - |
1997-98 Austria Peewee QC Int PW - - - - - |
Team Staff History
S Team League Role on Team Notes
2020-21 Stillwater 14U A 14U A Head Coach
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Game Log
Date Team Opp Score G A TP PIM +/- SOG PPG SHG TOI
NHL
Sun 24/03 Detroit Red Wings @ Vegas Golden Knights
Fri 22/03 Detroit Red Wings @ St. Louis Blues
Tue 19/03 Detroit Red Wings @ New York Rangers
Sat 16/03 Detroit Red Wings vs New York Islanders
Thu 14/03 Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Tue 12/03 Detroit Red Wings @ Montréal Canadiens
Sun 10/03 Detroit Red Wings @ Florida Panthers
Sun 10/03 Detroit Red Wings @ Tampa Bay Lightning
Fri 08/03 Detroit Red Wings vs New York Rangers
Wed 06/03 Detroit Red Wings @ Colorado Avalanche
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Player Career Totals
League Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- | Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
AHL 1 74 42 26 68 0.92 62 -3 | 1 5 2 3 5 1.00 10 4
EBEL (ICEHL) 1 11 5 10 15 1.36 4 -3 | 0
International 4 22 10 11 21 0.95 14 -6 | 0
NAHL 1 14 6 4 10 0.71 8 - | 0
NCAA 2 83 57 56 113 1.36 132 - | 0
NHL 14 1029 373 416 789 0.77 547 5 | 7 69 21 15 36 0.52 26 -17
OG 1 4 0 1 1 0.25 4 -4 | 0
OGQ 1 3 1 0 1 0.33 0 -1 | 0
QC Int PW 2 - - - - - - - | 0
USHL 3 108 80 73 153 1.42 81 - | 3 14 5 5 10 0.71 11 -
WC 3 19 7 10 17 0.89 4 -1 | 0
WC D1 1 5 5 5 10 2.00 6 2 | 0
WCup 1 6 0 1 1 0.17 2 -2 | 0
WJC-20 1 6 3 1 4 0.67 37 -8 | 0
WJC-20 D1 2 10 14 10 24 2.40 12 10 | 0
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Player Connections
Player Period Teams
Jason Pominville (F) 2004-2016 11 Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, Rochester Americans
Ryan Miller (G) 2004-2014 10 Buffalo Sabres, Rochester Americans
Daniel Welser (F) 2001-2014 8 Austria (OG), Austria, Austria (all), Austria U20
Drew Stafford (F) 2006-2014 8 Buffalo Sabres

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Transactions
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE
07/01/2018
07/01/2018 Confirmed Columbus Blue Jackets Detroit Red Wings
02/26/2018
02/26/2018 Confirmed Vancouver Canucks Columbus Blue Jackets
09/01/2017
09/01/2017 Confirmed Florida Panthers Vancouver Canucks
03/01/2017
03/01/2017 Confirmed Detroit Red Wings Florida Panthers
07/01/2016
07/01/2016 Confirmed Minnesota Wild Detroit Red Wings
06/24/2016
06/24/2016 Confirmed Minnesota Wild Unknown
07/01/2014
07/01/2014 Confirmed Montréal Canadiens Minnesota Wild
03/05/2014
03/05/2014 Confirmed New York Islanders Montréal Canadiens
10/27/2013
10/27/2013 Confirmed Buffalo Sabres New York Islanders
10/01/2012
10/01/2012 Confirmed Buffalo Sabres Graz99ers
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Player Biography and Trivia

Drafted 2001, 1 #25 overall by Brandon Wheat Kings in the CHL Import Draft

Cult/Star player for Austria

Cult/Star player for Buffalo Sabres

Cult/Star player for Sioux Falls Stampede

Career transactions
- 2014-03-05 • Traded to the Montréal Canadiens for Sebastian Collberg and a conditional 2nd-round draft pick.
- 2013-10-27 • Traded to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson and a 2014 1st and 2015 2nd-round NHL draft pick.

Memorable dates and notes
- 2004-04-15 • Debut for Team Austria (1:2 vs. Germany in Ravensburg, GER)
- 2003-04-12 • Scored the GWG against New Hampshire in the National-Championship-Game at the NCAA-FrozenFour.
- He has Czech and Slovak parents. His father Zdeněk Vaněk (born in Hradec Králové) was a proffesional ice-hockey player as well. His mother Jarmila Vaňková is Slovak. They moved from Czechoslovakia two years before Thomas was born.

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