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Mike Vernace
Mike Vernace
Defenseman
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 216
Shoots: Left
Born: May 26, 1986
Birthplace: Toronto, ON, Canada
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Acquired: Traded to Rangers with 2013 third-round draft pick by Florida Panthers in exchange for Wojtek Wolski on Feb. 25, 2012.
Drafted: SJS / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 7th (201st overall)
NHL CAREER
Has skated in 22 career regular season games with the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning, registering one assist and 10 penalty minutes. 2010-11: Played in Tampa Bay's season opener on Oct. 9, 2010 vs. Atlanta ... His 10 games played were the second-highest total of his NHL career. ... Registered his first career NHL point with an assist on Feb. 15, 2011, vs. Philadelphia. 2008-09: Made his NHL debut with Colorado on March 17, 2009, at Minnesota.

AHL CAREER

2011-12: Split the season between Connecticut, San Antonio and Norfolk. ... Tallied an assist while making his Connecticut debut on Feb. 28 vs. Worcester. ... Notched his first goal with Connecticut on Mar. 25 at Bridgeport. ... Ranked third on Norfolk in assists (10) and tied for seventh on the team in points (12) prior to his trade to San Antonio. ... Ranked third among Connecticut defensemen during the playoffs in assists (two) and points (two). 2010-11: Established career-highs in goals (seven), power play goals (two) and penalty minutes (60). ... Ranked third among team defensemen in goals, assists (21) and points (28). ... Tied for the team lead in postseason penalty minutes (eight), third in assists (two) and fourth in points (two) in six playoff contests. 2009-10: Split the season between Hamilton and Chicago. ... Recorded a four-game assist/point streak from Feb. 14 at Houston to Feb. 21 vs. San Antonio (one goal, four assists). 2008-09: Tied for second among team defensemen in points (14) at the time of his recall. 2007-08: Established career-highs in games played (79), assists (26) and points (29). ... Led all team defensemen in points and assists, and tied for third on the team overall in assists. 2006-07: Made his AHL debut on Dec. 29 vs. Hershey. ... Tallied two assists, including his first career AHL point, on Dec. 31 at Bridgeport … Notched his first career AHL goal on Jan. 5 vs. Bridgeport.

CHL CAREER

2006-07: Made his CHL debut on Oct. 20 at Rio Grande Valley. ... Notched his first professional point with an assist on Oct. 31 at Lubbock. ... Tallied his first professional goal on Nov. 4 at Colorado.

JUNIOR CAREER
2005-06: Established career-highs in assists (62) points (72) and penalty minutes (54), and tied his career-high in games played. ... Led all OHL defensemen and ranked 12th overall in assists, ranked second among league defenseman in points, and fifth among all OHL skaters in power play assists (50). ... Led all Brampton defensemen in goals (10), assists, and points, and ranked second overall on the team in points. ... Established a club record for points by a defenseman. ... Finished his career as the highest-scoring defenseman in Brampton Battalion history with 23 goals and 101 assists for 124 points in 138 regular season games. ... Tied for the team lead among defensemen in playoff assists (five) and ranked second in points (six). 2004-05: Established career-highs in games played (68), goals (12) and power play goals (six). ... Named to the OHL All-Rookie Team. ... Led Brampton defensemen in goals, assists (38), and points (50). ... Tied for fourth among all OHL defensemen, third among all rookie skaters and ranked fifth overall on Brampton in points. ... Ranked fourth in goals and sixth in assists (38) among all OHL defensemen. 2003-04: Registered an assist in his OHL debut on Feb. 29 vs. Kingston. ... Led all Brampton defensemen in playoff scoring with five points (two goals, three assists) in 11 contests.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
June 27, 2004 -– San Jose's sixth choice, No. 201 overall, in the seventh round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. June 1, 2006 -- Traded by San Jose to Colorado in exchange for 2006 or 2007 sixth-round draft pick (2007, Patrick Zackrisson). July 30, 2009 -- Signed by Atlanta as an unrestricted free agent. June 23, 2010 -- Traded by Atlanta to San Jose with Brett Sterling and 2010 seventh-round draft pick (Lee Moffie) in exchange for future considerations. July 29, 2010 -- Signed by Tampa Bay as an unrestricted free agent. Dec. 2, 2011 -- Traded by Tampa Bay with James Wright to Florida in exchange for Mike Kostka and Evan Oberg. Feb. 25, 2012 -- Traded by Florida with 2013 third-round draft pick to Rangers in exchange for Wojtek Wolski.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 1, Feb. 15, 2011 (Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia)

MOST POINTS, GAME: 1, Feb. 15, 2011 (Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia)

MOST PIM, GAME: 4, April 7, 2009 (Colorado at San Jose)

FIRST NHL GAME: March 17, 2009 (Colorado at Minnesota)

FIRST NHL ASSIST: Feb. 15, 2011 (Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia)