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Mike Vernace
Mike Vernace
Defenseman
Number: 41
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 216
Shoots: Left
Born: May 26, 1986
Birthplace: Toronto, ON, Canada
Acquired: Acquired from San Jose in exchange for a conditional draft pick, June 1, 2006
Drafted: SJS / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 7th (201st overall)
CAREER
2007-08: Appeared in a team-high 79 games and led all Lake Erie defensemen with 29 points (3g/26a) during his first full season in the American Hockey League…Also led all Lake Erie blueliners in assists, third most on the team. 2006-07: Split the season between Arizona (CHL) and Albany (AHL)…Opened the year with the Arizona Sundogs, where he was selected to play in the 2007 CHL All-Star Game…Was reassigned to Albany on Dec. 28 and spent the rest of the season in the American Hockey League…Suffered a broken collarbone on March 9 vs. Lowell, forcing him to miss the remainder of the year. 2005-06: Finished second among OHL defensemen in scoring with 72 points in 68 games with the Brampton Battalion…Established a club record for points by a defenseman, shattering the old mark of 54 set by Rostislav Klesla in 2000-01…Led all OHL backliners with 62 assists, also a team record by a defenseman…Tied for second on the Battalion in scoring behind current Avalanche forward Wojtek Wolski…Finished his career as the highest-scoring defenseman in Brampton Battalion history with 23 goals and 101 assists for 124 points in 138 regular season games. 2004-05: Voted to the OHL’s All-Rookie Team…Finished in second place (one vote shy of the winner) for the OHL’s Max Kaminsky Award, presented to the league’s most outstanding defenseman…Also finished third in voting for the Emms Family Award, presented to the OHL’s top first-year player…Led all Battalion defensemen in scoring with 50 points (12g/38a), which also led all OHL rookie defensemen. 2003-04: Was called up to Brampton (OHL) after spending the majority of the season with Bramalea Jr. (OHA)…Appeared in two regular season games and 11 playoff contests for Brampton. Other: Selected by San Jose in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (seventh round, 201st overall)…Won top defenseman awards for three consecutive seasons with the Humberview Huskies from 1998-2001. Personal: Last name is pronounced Ver-NASE.
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