July 19, 1980|
White Bear Lake, Minnesota, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)|
|National team||United States|
16th overall, 1999|
David Michael Tanabe (born July 19, 1980) is an American retired professional ice hockey defenseman. Tanabe was drafted in the first round, 16th overall, by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. After being forced into early retirement due to an injury, he now works for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.
Tanabe 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, Tanabe 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 on October 11, 1999, Tanabe scored his first goal during a power play against the Calgary Flames.
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.
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|All-WCHA Rookie Team||1998–99|
- Colvin, Philip. "Full Circle". usahockeymagazine.com. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
- "Canes part ways with Tanabe". 2008-10-18. Archived from the original on 2008-10-20. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
- "Hurricanes' Rookie David Tanabe Scores Power-Play Goal In First Nhl Game". NHL.com. October 11, 1999. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
| Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick