Jim Vandermeer

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Jim Vandermeer
Jim Vandermeer.JPG
Born (1980-02-21) February 21, 1980 (age 36)
Caroline, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
EIHL team
Former teams
Belfast Giants
Philadelphia Flyers
Chicago Blackhawks
Calgary Flames
Phoenix Coyotes
Edmonton Oilers
San Jose Sharks
Kloten Flyers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2001–present

James Patrick Vandermeer (born February 21, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently plays for the Belfast Giants of the Elite IHL. Vandermeer has previously played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers and the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Vandermeer also previously for the Kloten Flyers in the National League A (NLA). He was born and raised in Caroline, Alberta.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Vandermeer capped-off a four-year career (1997–2001) with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL) winning the Memorial Cup in 2001, while leading the WHL that season in plus/minus, with a +49. The recipient of the WHL Humanitarian of the Year award in 2001, Vandermeer served as the team's Captain from 1999–2001 and amassed over 700 PIMS in his four years in Red Deer.

Professional[edit]

On December 21, 2000, Vandermeer signed with the Philadelphia Flyers as an undrafted free agent.[2] He made his professional AHL debut with the Philadelphia Phantoms during the 2001-02 season.

On January 2, 2003, Vandermeer made his NHL debut with the Philadelphia Flyers playing against the Anaheim Ducks.

On February 19, 2004, Vandermeer was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks with Colin Fraser and a 2004 second round draft pick in exchange for Alexei Zhamnov.[3]

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Vandermeer played with the Norfolk Admirals, the AHL affiliate to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Vandermeer re-signed with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2005-08. He was named one of the team's Alternate Captains for select games and earned over $3 million during this time.

On December 18, 2007, Vandermeer was traded back to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Ben Eager.[4][5]

On February 20, 2008, Vandermeer was traded to the Calgary Flames for a third round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[6]

On July 1, 2008, Vandermeer signed a three-year deal worth $6.9 million as an Unrestricted Free Agent with the Calgary Flames.[1]

On June 27, 2009, Vandermeer was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Brandon Prust.[7]

On April 7, 2010, Vandermeer was named Man of the Year by the Phoenix Coyotes.[8]

On June 30, 2010, Vandermeer was traded by the Coyotes to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Patrick O'Sullivan.[9]

During the 2010–11 season with the Oilers, Vandermeer was named one of the Alternate Captains for select games.

On March 22, 2011, Vandermeer recorded his 100th career point vs the Nashville Predators with an assist on a goal by Jordan Eberle.

On July 1, 2011, Vandermeer became an unrestricted free agent and signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the San Jose Sharks.[10][11]

On January 14, 2013, after the lockout ended, Vandermeer continued his journeyman career in signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks that paid him $600,000 at the NHL level and $275,000 at the AHL level.[11][12] Vandermeer spent the majority of the shortened season with the Canucks AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, and was named one of the team's Alternate Captains for select games.

On September 6, 2013, Vandermeer signed a one-year contract in Switzerland with the Kloten Flyers of the NLA.[13][14] He signed one-year contract extensions with the Kloten Flyers in November 2013,[15] and September 2014.[16]

On February 2, 2016, Jim Vandermeer signed for the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League.[17]

Personal[edit]

Vandermeer and his wife, Stefanie, were introduced by their mutual friend Brent Seabrook in 2007. They were married on July 3, 2009 in Vancouver. NHL stars Brent Seabrook and James Wisniewski served as groomsmen. They reside in Vancouver during the off season. They have two children, son Rex Jameson born in July 2013 and daughter Ryan James born in July 2014.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Red Deer Rebels WHL 35 0 3 3 55 2 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Red Deer Rebels WHL 70 5 23 28 258 9 0 1 1 24
1999–00 Red Deer Rebels WHL 71 8 30 38 221 4 0 1 1 16
2000–01 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 21 44 65 180 22 3 13 16 43
2001–02 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 74 1 13 14 88 5 0 2 2 14
2002–03 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 48 4 8 12 122
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 24 2 1 3 27 8 0 1 1 9
2003–04 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 26 1 6 7 120
2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 23 3 2 5 25
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 23 2 10 12 58
2004–05 Norfolk Admirals AHL 52 3 10 13 164
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 6 18 24 116
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 46 1 6 7 53
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 26 2 7 9 44
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 28 1 5 6 27
2007–08 Calgary Flames NHL 21 0 2 2 39 7 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Calgary Flames NHL 45 1 6 7 108 6 0 1 1 4
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 62 4 8 12 60
2010–11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 2 12 14 74
2011–12 San Jose Sharks NHL 25 1 3 4 33
2012–13 Chicago Wolves AHL 34 5 5 10 66
2013–14 Kloten Flyers NLA 49 2 10 12 86 16 1 0 1 26
2014–15 Kloten Flyers NLA 43 3 7 10 39
NHL totals 436 25 80 105 590 21 0 2 2 17

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
WHL Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy 2000–01
WHL West First Team All-Star 2000–01 [18]
CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award 2000–01
WHL Plus-Minus Award 2000–01
AHL Philadelphia Phantoms Most Coachable Player Award 2000–01
AHL Philadelphia Phantoms Most Coachable Player Award 2001–02
NHL Phoenix Coyotes Man of the Year Award 2009–10

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sawmill sharpened Flame's work ethic". Calgary Herald. October 3, 2008. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Flyers sign overlooked free agent Vandermeer". The Morning Call. December 22, 2000. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  3. ^ "Zhamnov on way to Flyers". Chicago Tribune. February 20, 2004. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  4. ^ "Flyers trade Eager to Blackhawks for Vandermeer". CBC News. December 19, 2007. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  5. ^ Panaccio, Tim (December 20, 2007). "Flyers pick up a meat-and-potatoes defenseman". philly.com. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  6. ^ "Flames trade for defenceman Vandermeer". CBC News. February 20, 2008. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  7. ^ "Vandermeer adds grit to Oilers". London Free Press. July 1, 2010. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  8. ^ "Coyotes announce annual team award winners". NHL.com. April 7, 2010. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  9. ^ "Oilers trade O'Sullivan to Coyotes for Vandermeer". San Diego Tribune. June 30, 2010. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  10. ^ "Sharks sign D Vandermeer to open free agency". NHL.com. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  11. ^ a b "JIM VANDERMEER". CapGeek.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  12. ^ "Canucks sign veteran defenseman Vandermeer". NHL.com. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  13. ^ "Kloten Flyers sign Peter Mueller, Jim Vandermeer" (in German). Kloten Flyers. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  14. ^ "Kloten Flyers sign foreigners Vandermeer (33) and Mueller (25)". Swiss Hockey News. September 6, 2014. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  15. ^ "Kloten Flyers extend contracts with Vandermeer and Schelling". Swiss Hockey News. November 24, 2013. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  16. ^ "Kloten Flyers extend contracts of Gerber, Vandermeer and Stoop". Swiss Hockey News. September 9, 2014. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  17. ^ "Belfast Giants sign ex-NHL star Vandermeer". BBC Sport. February 2, 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  18. ^ Jesse Watts (2014). Western Hockey League 2014-2015 Official Guide (PDF). pp. 242–3. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 

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Preceded by
Simon Gamache
Winner of the CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award
2001
Succeeded by
Brandin Cote
Preceded by
Chris Nielsen
Winner of the WHL Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
2001
Succeeded by
Brandin Cote
Preceded by
Kenton Smith
Winner of the WHL Plus-Minus Award
2001
Succeeded by
Matt Hubbauer