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Thomas Vanek
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Born January 19, 1984 (1984-01-19) (age 36)
Baden bei Wien, Austria
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
Buffalo Sabres
New York Islanders
Montreal Canadiens
National team Flag of Austria.svg Austria
NHL Draft 5th overall, 2003
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2004–present

Thomas Vanek (born January 19, 1984) is an Austrian professional ice hockey left winger. He currently plays for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, and Montreal Canadiens.


Before he played in the NHL, Vanek played for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL for 3 seasons and the University of Minnesota for 2 years.

He was drafted 5th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2003 NHL draft. He played for the Buffalo Sabres for 8 seasons.

On October 27, 2013, he was traded to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson, a 2014 1st round draft pick, and a 2015 2nd round draft pick.

On July 1, 2014, Vanek signed a three-year, $5.5 contract with the Minnesota Wild. The contract will also give him $6.5 million in the second year, and $7.5 million in the third year as well as a no-trade clause.

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