Tom Preissing

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Tom Preissing
Born (1978-12-03) December 3, 1978 (age 35)
Arlington Heights, IL, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
team
Former teams
Free Agent
San Jose Sharks
Ottawa Senators
Los Angeles Kings
Colorado Avalanche
Barys Astana
EHC Biel
Rögle BK
TPS
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2003–present

Thomas Joseph Preissing (born December 3, 1978) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently an Unrestricted Free Agent. Preissing was most recently a member of TPS of the Finnish SM-liiga. Preissing has played in 326 National Hockey League games with the San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators, Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche. Preissing was born in Arlington Heights, Illinois, but grew up in Rosemount, Minnesota.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Preissing played four years as a forward on the varsity team at Rosemount High School before moving on to play two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. It was with the Gamblers that then coach Mark Osiecki converted Tom to a defenceman, paving the way for his future hockey successes. Preissing played for Colorado College of the WCHA and was a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, he also captained the Tigers in his senior year.[2] He earned NCAA - West First All-American honors and holds the WCHA record for most goals by a defenseman in a season with 23 in 2002–03.

Professional[edit]

Preissing was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Jose Sharks on April 4, 2003.[3] After a strong training camp with the Sharks, Preissing was a surprise inclusion on the opening night roster for the 2003–04 season. Tom played the full season with the Sharks where he had two goals and seventeen assists in 69 games. He was praised for making the step directly from college to the NHL without stopping in the AHL and was named San Jose's rookie of the year in 2004.[4][5] In the 2005–06 season, Preissing broke out, scoring 43 points in seventy-four games to have the second-highest-scoring season by a defenseman in Sharks history behind only Sandis Ozolinsh. He also carried a +17 plus-minus rating, which ranked first among Sharks defensemen.

On July 9, 2006, Preissing and Josh Hennessy were traded by the Sharks to the Chicago Blackhawks for Mark Bell. The Hawks immediately traded the two, along with Michal Barinka and a second-round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft to the Ottawa Senators for Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski.[6] Tom then spent the 2006–07 season with Ottawa, recording 38 points in 80 games and posting the third-best plus-minus rating (+40) of any NHL player. He helped the Senators reach the Stanley Cup final, in which they lost to the Anaheim Ducks in five games.

On July 2, 2007, Preissing signed a four-year, $11 million contract as an unrestricted free agent with the Los Angeles Kings.[7] In the 2007–08 season, his first with the Kings, Preissing suffered in production, scoring only 24 points in 77 games, and his plus-minus slipped to -6. Preissing was benched for four games into the early stages of the 2008–09 season.[8] After stepping up his play Preissing was then hampered by illness and upon recovery was assigned to the Kings affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL on March 4, 2009, for the rest of the season.[9]

On July 3, 2009, Preissing was traded by the Kings, along with Kyle Quincey and a fifth-round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, to the Colorado Avalanche for Ryan Smyth.[10] Preissing missed training camp and the start of the 2009–10 season having a scope on his right knee.[11] After a conditioning stint with Colorado's AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, Tom made his Avalanche debut in an 8-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on November 14, 2009.[12] On November 29, 2009, after playing in four games with the Avs, Preissing was placed on waivers and reassigned back to the Monsters.[13] Despite leading the Monsters defense with 31 points in 49 games, his considerably large contract meant he was placed on waivers for the purpose of a buy out of his final year from the Avalanche on June 30, 2010.[14]

Without NHL interest, Preissing returned to Europe for the first time since 2005, signing a one-year contract with Kärpät of the Finnish SM-liiga on September 16, 2010. Under the agreement, Tom first joined Kazakh team, Barys Astana of the Russian KHL, to start the 2010–11 season on a two month loan through to November in order to attain game conditioning.[15] On September 17, Preissing made a successful debut with Astana scoring a goal in a 6-5 overtime loss to Salavat Yulaev Ufa.[16] However, just two days later in his second game in a 4-1 victory against Metallurg Novokuznetsk, Preissing's tenure in the KHL was cut short when he suffered a serious knee injury. Due to return to Kärpät in November, but with the prospects of being unable to play from the injury, Preissing came to a mutual agreement to terminate his contract on October 11, 2010.[17]

On July 11, 2011, Preissing signed a one-year contract with Swiss team EHC Biel for the 2011–12 season.[18] In 29 games, Preissing contributed with 7 points before leaving at years end to sign with Swedish club, Rögle BK of the Elitserien on a one-year contract on July 15, 2012.[19]

In the 2012–13 season, Priessing offensively produced early with Rögle BK but with defensive performance below expectations, he was released by Rögle having scored 12 points in 29 games on December 5, 2012.[20] On January 14, 2013, Preissing continued his well travelled European tour, by signing for the remainder of the Finnish season with TPS of the SM-Liiga.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 56 8 13 21 30 4 0 2 2 2
1998–99 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 53 18 37 55 40 6 3 6 9 2
1999–00 Colorado College WCHA 36 4 14 18 20
2000–01 Colorado College WCHA 33 6 18 24 26
2001–02 Colorado College WCHA 43 6 26 32 42
2002–03 Colorado College WCHA 42 23 29 52 16
2003–04 San Jose Sharks NHL 69 2 17 19 12 11 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Krefeld Pinguine DEL 33 1 6 7 32
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 74 11 32 43 26 11 1 6 7 4
2006–07 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 7 31 38 18 20 2 5 7 10
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 8 16 24 16
2008–09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 22 3 4 7 6
2008–09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 14 2 4 6 6
2009–10 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 49 9 22 31 38
2009–10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 4 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Barys Astana KHL 2 1 0 1 0
2011–12 EHC Biel NLA 29 5 2 7 4 2 1 1 2 0
2012–13 Rögle BK SEL 29 5 7 12 10
2012–13 TPS SM-l 20 3 5 8 16
NHL totals 326 31 101 132 78 42 3 12 15 14

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
USHL
Defenseman of the Year 1999
First All-Star Team 1999
College
All-WCHA Third Team 2001
All-WCHA Third Team 2002
All-WCHA First Team 2003
WCHA Student-Athlete of the Year 2003
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2002–03 [2]
WCHA All-Tournament Team 2003 [22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tom Preissing". Minnesota Selects. 2004. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Two Leaguers are Hobey Baker finalists". iveleaguesports.com. March 24, 2003. Retrieved July 6, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "San Jose Sharks sign two top college prospects". hockeysfuture.com. May 8, 2003. Retrieved July 6, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Sharks 2004 rookie review". hockeysfuture.com. July 7, 2004. Retrieved July 6, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Hockey player Tom Preissing lists Manhattan beach home". wreg.com. May 27, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Blackhawks obtain Sens' Havlat in three team deal". ESPN. July 9, 2006. Retrieved February 26, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Kings sign free agent defensman Tom Preissing". Los Angeles Kings. July 2, 2007. Retrieved July 6, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Kings snap skid with 3-2 win over Panthers". USA Today. November 7, 2008. Retrieved July 6, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Kings assign defenseman Tom Preissing to Manchester". hockeyfights.com. March 4, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2009. 
  10. ^ Dater, Adrian (July 3, 2009). "Avs shed Smyth's hefty contract in Kings trade". Denver Post. Retrieved July 6, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Avs' Tom Preissing back from right knee injury". USA Today. November 14, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  12. ^ "H Sedin collects his first hat-trick as Canucks melt Avalanche". CBS Sports. November 14, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Hejduk out with injury". Denver Post. November 29, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  14. ^ "McKenzie: Looks like Ellis is going to Market". TSN. June 30, 2010. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  15. ^ "NHL defenseman Tom Preissing joins Kärpät" (in Finnish). Oulun Kärpät. September 16, 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Barys 5, UFA 6" (in Russian). Barys Astana. September 23, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Tom Preissing contract terminated" (in Finnish). Kärpät. October 11, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  18. ^ "EHCB verpflichtet Tom Preissing" (in German). ehcb.ch. July 11, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  19. ^ "NHL defender reinforces Rögle BK" (in Swedish). Rögle BK. July 15, 2012. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Rogle breaks with defense duo" (in Swedish). Rögle BK. December 5, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Tom Preissing to TPS Blueline" (in Finnish). TPS. January 14, 2013. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  22. ^ "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 

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