July 20, 1982 |
Saint-Agapit, QC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets
|NHL Draft||55th overall, 2000
Antoine Vermette (born July 20, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Vermette is currently a member of the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Vermette previously played for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators of the NHL. Vermette was a member of the 2007 Senators team that appeared in the 2007 Stanley Cup Final.
Vermette played four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Upon being drafted, he returned to the QMJHL for two more seasons and recorded a major junior career high 119 points in 2000–01. In his final year of junior, Vermette was limited to just 4 games during the regular season due to an mis-diagnosed nerve problem in his neck originally thought to be Post-concussion syndrome. He returned in the playoffs to contribute 26 points in 22 games, leading the Tigres to the 2002 President's Cup as QMJHL champions and an appearance in the 2002 Memorial Cup in Guelph, finishing with a silver medal from the tournament, falling in the finals to the Kootenay Ice.
Coming out of major junior, Vermette played the 2002–03 season with Ottawa's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. In 74 games, Vermette scored 18 goals and 20 assists and earned a place on the AHL All-Rookie Team. The following season, Vermette earned an NHL roster spot with Ottawa out of training camp. In his rookie NHL season, Vermette would appear in 57 games, scoring 14 points.
During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Vermette returned to Binghamton and scored 28 goals and 45 assists, second in team scoring only to Jason Spezza. As NHL play resumed the next season, Vermette broke out with 21 goals. He proved to be a valuable part of the Senators' lineup, providing valuable secondary scoring behind the number one line of Heatley, Spezza, and Alfredsson. His six shorthanded goals were good enough for second in the league. The Senators were considered Stanley Cup contenders by many, but were upset by the Buffalo Sabres in five games. In the off-season, he signed a two-year contract on July 18 worth approximately $2 million.
In 2006–07, Vermette continued to improve, increasing his points total to 39 points, spending the majority of the season on a checking line with fellow penalty-killer Chris Kelly. The duo were rarely apart. On December 2, 2006, Vermette famously scored from behind the net through his legs on the short side against the Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Johan Holmqvist. The goal became well-known around the league and was named TSN's Goal of the Season. During the playoffs, Vermette recorded 5 points in 20 games and helped the Senators to the Prince of Wales Trophy as Eastern Conference champions before losing the Stanley Cup to the Anaheim Ducks in five games.
Vermette recorded his first career hat trick on April 3, 2008, against Vesa Toskala in an 8-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. After completing another career-year in 2007–08, recording personal bests with 24 goals, 29 assists and 53 points, Vermette re-signed with the Senators on July 31, 2008, to a two-year $2.525 million contract, avoiding arbitration.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Leading up to the 2009 NHL trade deadline, Vermette was widely rumored to be the subject of trade talks between the Senators and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus GM Scott Howson, looking for scoring help as his team attempted to make the playoffs for the first time in its history, was reportedly offering goalie Pascal Leclaire in exchange for Vermette.
It later became official, on March 4, as Vermette was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2009 trade deadline for Leclaire and a 2009 second-round pick (which ended up being Robin Lehner).
Vermette was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes on February 22, 2012 in exchange for goalie Curtis McElhinney, a 2012 second-round pick and a conditional 2013 fifth-round pick. He would go on to score five goals with five assists for the Coyotes during the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.
On December 21, 2013, Vermette recorded his second career hat trick in a 4-3 win against his former team, the Ottawa Senators. Vermette's third goal of the night proved to be the game winning goal in OT. 
In both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 regular seasons with the Arizona Coyotes, Vermette finished in the top 10 league leader list for faceoff win percentage. Vermette finished both seasons with a faceoff win percentage above 56.0%.
- Awarded the Mike Bossy Trophy (top QMJHL draft prospect) in 2000.
- Named to the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2003.
Regular season and playoffs
|2008–09||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||17||7||6||13||8||4||0||0||0||10|
|2009–10||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||82||27||38||65||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||82||19||28||47||60||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||60||8||19||27||12||—||—||—||—||—|
- Antoine Vermette's player profile at TSN.ca
- Antoine Vermette's player profile at NHL.com
- Antoine Vermette's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Winner of the Mike Bossy Trophy