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Tom Preissing
Tom Preissing
Defenseman
Number: 20
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 197
Shoots: Right
Born: Dec 3, 1978
Birthplace: Arlington Heights, IL, United States
2008-09 SEASON
Appeared in 22 games for the Kings, tallying seven points (3g/4a)…Also skated in 14 contests for Manchester of the American Hockey League, notching six points (2g/4a)…Dressed in 19 of the Kings’ first 24 games…Earned his 100th career assist on Nov. 29 vs. Chicago…Missed 13 games from Feb. 3-27 due to an upper-body injury…Placed on Injured Reserve, Feb. 10 (retroactive to Feb. 1) and activated on March 1…Was assigned to Manchester on March 4 and spent the rest of the year in the AHL.

CAREER
2007-08:
Recorded eight goals and 24 points in 77 games during his first season with the Los Angeles Kings…Finished third among Kings defensemen in points and tied for second in goals…Matched his career high with three points (2g/1a) on Dec. 6 vs. Buffalo. 2006-07: Led all Senators defensemen with 31 assists and 38 points while playing in a career-high 80 games for Ottawa…Finished with a +40 plus/minus rating, tied with Nicklas Lidstrom for first among league defensemen (third overall in NHL)…Was a career-best +5 on Oct. 21 vs. New Jersey…Played in his 200th NHL game Feb. 14 vs.
Florida…Recorded his 100th career point on March 24 vs. Tampa Bay. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all 20 postseason games in helping the Senators reach the Stanley Cup Finals…Recorded seven points (2g/5a) and a +3 rating during the playoffs. 2005-06: Was first among San Jose defensemen in goals (11), assists (32) and points (43), establishing career highs in all three categories…Finished fifth overall on the team in scoring and was fourth in plus/minus (+17) and power-play points (22)…Set a career high for points in a game with three (2g/1a) on March 16 vs. St. Louis…Scored the overtime winner against Phoenix on Feb. 12. PLAYOFFS: Recorded points in six of 11 postseason games (1g/6a)…Had a five- game scoring streak (0g/6a) from April 21-30…Scored his first career playoff goal in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on May 8 vs. Edmonton (Dwayne Roloson). 2004-05: Played in 33 games with the Krefeld Penguins (Germany). 2003-04: Named San Jose’s Rookie of the Year after tallying 19 points (2g/17a) in 69 games with the Sharks…Finished fourth among San Jose defensemen in scoring…Made his NHL debut Oct. 11 at Calgary and collected his first point (assist) the next night in Minnesota…Scored his first NHL goal Oct. 23 vs. Chicago.

COLLEGE
Played four seasons at Colorado College…Finished his collegiate career with 126 points (39g/87a) in 154 games. 2002-03: Was an All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist as a senior in 2002-03…Led the nation in points scored by a defenseman with 52 (23g/29a) in 42 games…Was named to the WCHA First All-Star Team, NCAA West First-Team All-American and also honored as the WCHA Student Athlete of the Year…Served as Colorado College’s team captain.

PERSONAL
Tom and his wife, Danielle, spend their offseasons in Colorado…Supports the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund…Helps the environment by only having one car for his family (a hybrid), buying local foods when possible and supporting any alternative energy cause…An interesting fact that not many people know about him is he’s a published author…Favorite sport to play other than hockey is golf.

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