Antoine Vermette

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Antoine Vermette
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Born (1982-07-20) July 20, 1982 (age 32)
Saint-Agapit, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Arizona Coyotes
Ottawa Senators
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 55th overall, 2000
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2003–present

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.

Playing career[edit]

QMJHL[edit]

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.

Ottawa Senators[edit]

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.

Vermette during his tenure with the Blue Jackets.

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[edit]

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).

Phoenix Coyotes[edit]

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.[1] He would go on to score five goals with five assists for the Coyotes during the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 57 9 17 26 32 13 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 71 30 41 71 87 6 0 1 1 6
2000–01 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 71 57 62 119 102 9 4 6 10 14
2001–02 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 4 0 2 2 6 22 10 16 26 10
2002–03 Binghamton Senators AHL 74 18 20 38 54 18 2 2 4 16
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 57 7 7 14 16 4 0 1 1 4
2003–04 Binghamton Senators AHL 3 0 0 0 6
2004–05 Binghamton Senators AHL 78 28 45 73 36 6 1 4 5 10
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 82 21 12 33 44 10 2 0 2 4
2006–07 Ottawa Senators NHL 77 19 20 39 52 20 2 3 5 6
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 81 24 29 53 51 4 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 62 9 19 28 42
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
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 22 3 7 10 16 16 5 5 10 24
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 48 13 8 21 36
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 24 21 45 44
NHL totals 752 181 214 395 413 58 9 9 18 52

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada WC 5th 4 0 0 0 0
Senior totals 4 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coyotes add Jackets' Vermette". National Hockey League. 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Maxime Ouellet
Winner of the Mike Bossy Trophy
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Ales Hemsky