July 19, 1980 |
White Bear Lake, MN, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)|
|NHL Draft||16th overall, 1999
David was in the first group of US high school hockey players to train in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the Cube, site of the National Team Development Program. After graduating from High School in Ann Arbor in 1998, David played one year of Division 1 Hockey for the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin. Tanabe was drafted 16th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft becoming the first graduate of the National Team Development Program to be drafted in the first round. During his first NHL game he scored his first goal during a power play against the Calgary Flames, Grant Fuhr was in the net.
On August 5, 2006 the Boston Bruins decided to "walk-away" from a contract of $1.275 million that was awarded to Tanabe by an arbitrator on August 3, 2006. Under NHL rules Tanabe became an immediate unrestricted free agent. On August 29, 2006, Tanabe was signed by the Hurricanes. In December 2007, Tanabe suffered a concussion against the Toronto Maple Leafs. On October 18, 2008, the Hurricanes reached a settlement with Tanabe on the last year of his contract, at which time his agent stated that Tanabe had been advised by his doctor to not play hockey again.
David, his wife Kate, daughter Allison and son Nolan, live in Woodbury, Minnesota. He is of Asian descent.
|1997–98||U.S. Jr. National Team||USHL||21||1||3||4||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||U.S. National Under-18 Team||NAHL||12||1||2||3||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||35||10||12||22||44||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Canes part ways with Tanabe". 2008-10-18. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
|Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick