July 2, 1981 |
Vancouver, BC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
New York Rangers
|NHL Draft||229th overall, 2001
New Jersey Devils
Aaron Voros (born July 2, 1981) is a professional ice hockey winger. He is now an Unrestricted Free Agent. He was drafted by the New Jersey Devils with the 229th overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He then played for the Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, and traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs but never played a game for Toronto. He played his NCAA hockey for three years at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and spent his Junior hockey time playing from 1999–2001 for the now-renamed Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL formerly Victoria Salsa.
Playing career 
Voros played his amateur hockey in his home city of Surrey, British Columbia with the Surrey Minor Hockey Association, also playing Nor-Wes Caps-Junior B of the PIJHL and Junior A with the Victoria Salsa of the BCHL. He was an 8th round draft pick by the New Jersey Devils in the 2001 NHL draft while playing for the Victoria Salsa. That summer he also received a full athletic hockey scholarship to University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he was named to the CCHA All-Rookie team in his freshman year.
After the second game of his sophomore season at Alaska Fairbanks, doctors discovered a half-baseball-sized lump behind Voros' left knee. After an MRI, three doctors diagnosed it as a type of malignant bone cancer; however, three subsequent biopsies revealed the tumor to be benign. Voros still required several operations, during which he had part of his femur removed. He suffered a staph infection and had to have a Hickman line inserted into his superior vena cava for 12 weeks.
On March 1, 2007, the Minnesota Wild traded a seventh-round draft pick in 2008 to the New Jersey Devils for Voros. After starting the 2007–08 season with the Wild's American Hockey League affiliate, the Houston Aeros, Voros was called upon to play his first NHL game on November 11, 2007 against the Colorado Avalanche.
Voros scored his first NHL goal, as a member of the Wild, against Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks on November 16, 2007 in his birthplace and hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He would go on to score seven goals and seven assists in 55 games during his rookie season. Voros was nominated as the Wild's 2008 Bill Masterton Trophy candidate by the Twin Cities chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
While in New York, Aaron Voros served as the New York Rangers NHLPA representative from October 2008 until he was traded to Anaheim in July 2010.
Known for showing up to training camp in top fitness, he took this attitude and delivered a great camp in Anaheim where he played for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL) in the 2010-2011 season. 10 games into the season Anaheim put Voros on short term injured reserve. On the day after coming off injured reserve, Voros suffered a broken orbital bone on December 8, 2010 in a game in Vancouver. He was placed on the Anaheim Ducks injured reserved list until February 11, 2011.
On February 15, 2011, Voros was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional 7th round draft pick. The Anaheim Ducks were looking to offload Voros' salary and clear roster positions did not expose him to re-entry waivers where a player can be claimed with the former team responsible for half of the salary and salary cap charge. The Toronto Maple Leafs then in turn assigned Voros to their AHL affiliate
In the 2011–12 season, he was signed to a professional try-out contract with the Rangers AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whale. He played 23 games, scoring 4 goals and 3 assists, but was released on February 2, 2012.
Voros is of Hungarian descent, was born in Vancouver, BC at Vancouver Children's Hospital, and was raised in Vancouver. His grandfather and grandmother emigrated from Hungary in 1956 and settled in Vancouver after leaving during the Hungarian Revolution. In an interview in 2008 Voros said that he is proud of his Hungarian roots and would love to represent Hungary on the international level if it were permissible.
Voros split his childhood between his father Peter Voros, and mother Sheri Voros' homes after their divorce when he was 11. He was raised in a Christian home and attended church regularly growing up.
In May 2011, Voros and his best friends Sean Avery and Henrik Lundqvist opened their first restaurant in Manhattan called "Tiny's & the Bar Upstairs". The restaurant is located at 135 West Broadway in the Tribeca district of southern Manhattan.
Career statistics 
|2003–04||Albany River Rats||AHL||9||2||1||3||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Albany River Rats||AHL||71||11||17||28||220||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||Albany River Rats||AHL||73||16||14||30||180||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||New York Rangers||NHL||54||8||8||16||122||4||0||0||0||14|
|2009–10||New York Rangers||NHL||41||3||4||7||89||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "What is hockey like in Hungary?". Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation. 14 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
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