Jim Vandermeer
Jim Vandermeer
Position Defence
Shoots Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
214 lb (97 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
San Jose Sharks
Edmonton Oilers
Phoenix Coyotes
Calgary Flames
Philadelphia Flyers
Chicago Blackhawks
Nationality CAN
Born February 21 1980 (1980-02-21) (age 37),
Red Deer, AB, CAN
Pro Career 2001 – present

James Patrick "Jim" Vandermeer (born February 21, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Jim was born and raised in Caroline, Alberta.

Playing careerEdit

Prior to playing professionally, Vandermeer played four seasons of junior hockey for the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL). In his final season (2000–01), Vandermeer was the Captain of the Rebels team that won the WHL Championship and the Memorial Cup. He then signed a contract with the Philadelphia Flyers as an undrafted free agent.

Vandermeer was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on February 19, 2004, with Colin Fraser and a 2004 2nd round draft pick in exchange for Alexei Zhamnov. During the NHL lock-out, he played with the Norfolk Admirals, the AHL affiliate to the Chicago Blackhawks.

During the 2005-2006 season with the Chicago Blackhawks, Jim earned $1.225 million per year and was named one of the teams "A" Alternate Captain for select games.

On December 18, 2007, Jim was traded back to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Ben Eager.

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

On July 1, 2008, James signed a 3 year deal work $6.9 million as an Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) with the Calgary Flames.

On June 27, 2009, Jim was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Brandon Prust.

On April 7, 2010, Jim was named Man of the Year by the Phoenix Coyotes.

On June 30, 2010, Jim was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Patrick O'Sullivan.

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

During the 2010-2011 season with the Edmonton Oilers, Jim was named one of the teams "A" Alternate Captain for select games.

On July 1, 2011, Jim became a unrestricted free agent and signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the San Jose Sharks.

Community InvolvementEdit

Jim, along with Trent Hunter of the New York Islanders and Kris Russell of the Columbus Blue Jackets, host an annual Young Guns Charity Golf Tournament at Alberta Springs Golf Course in Red Deer, Alberta. Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers is one of the tournaments founding members. Ryan's Mother, Dixie, remains extremely active on the tournaments Board of Directors and plays a key roll in the continuing success of the annual event. The money raised from the tournament is divided between many local charities, including The Stollery Children's Hospital, The Lending Cupboard, The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta, Shalom Counseling Center, The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Society and Red Deer Minor Hockey.

In 2010 Jim was named Man of the Year by the Phoenix Coyotes for his dedication, commitment and passion for bettering the lives of those in the community during his first season as a member of the Coyotes. Vandermeer and his wife Stefanie participated in many community initiatives including adopting a class at Children First Academy, delivering food and blankets to Watkins Homeless Shelter and supporting the Teammates for Kids Foundation. Vandermeer’s charitable endeavors are an example of what it means to wholeheartedly support those who are less fortunate. Vandermeer has served as a role model to both his teammates and the community.

In lieu of gifts at their 2009 nuptials, Jim and his Wife invited guests to donate to their favorite charity, Garth Brooks' Teammates For Kids Foundation. At the time Jim was playing with the Calgary Flames (he was traded to Phoenix less than a week before tying the knot) and the couple also invited guests to donate to another charity close to their hearts, The Calgary Flames Foundation For Life.

Personal LifeEdit

Jim was introduced to his wife by his close friend and ex-teammate Brent Seabrook. Jim has noted both Brent Seabrook and James Wisniewski as two of his closest friends in the NHL. Both served as groomsmen at Jim's wedding in Vancouver, BC on July 3, 2009. Lisa, wife of Scott Hartnell, served as a bridesmaid. James Wisniewski, along with Ajay Baines, served as co-MC's at Jim's wedding.

Jim served as a groomsman at the wedding of Nicole and James Wisniewski on July 10, 2010.


Career statisticsEdit

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
NHL totals 436 24 77 101 557 21 0 2 2 17
AHL totals 200 9 37 46 494 5 0 2 2 14
WHL totals 241 41 93 134 714 37 3 15 18 83

External linksEdit

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

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