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Mike Vernace
Position Defence
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Colorado Avalanche
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born May 26 1986 (1986-05-26) (age 30),
Toronto, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 201st overall, 2004
San Jose Sharks
Pro Career 2006 – present


Michael Vernace (born May 26, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning organization of the NHL.

Playing careerEdit

Vernace was drafted 201st overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft from the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League. He attended Chaminade College School for his high school education.

On June 1, 2006, Vernace was traded by the Sharks to the Colorado Avalanche for a 6th round drafts pick and was signed to an entry level contract. Vernace made his professional debut with the Arizona Sundogs of the CHL before joining the Avalanche's affiliate the Albany River Rats of the AHL in the 2006–07 season.

Vernace joined new Avalanche affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, for their inaugural season in the 2007–08 season, leading the Monsters in games played with 79. After spending the majority of the 2008–09 season with the Monsters, Vernace received his first NHL call-up on March 16, 2009. He made his NHL debut with the Avalanche in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild on March 17, 2009.

After not being offered a contract with the Avalanche, Vernace a free agent, signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Thrashers on July 30, 2009. On September 26, 2009, Vernace was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, for the beginning of the 2009–10 season. After 47 games with the Wolves, Vernace was then re-assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs on March 10, 2010. He recorded 4 assists in 18 post season games to help the Bulldogs reach the Western Conference finals.

On June 23, 2010, Vernace was traded by the Thrashers, along with Brett Sterling and a 7th round selection in 2010 NHL Entry Draft, back to the Sharks for future considerations in order to help the Thrashers facilitate an earlier trade of Dustin Byfuglien from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Unable to come to terms with San Jose, Vernace signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 29, 2010, to a one year, two-way contract.

Awards and achievementsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Bramalea Blues OPJHL 33 3 12 15 16
2003–04 Brampton Battalion OHL 2 1 1 2 0 11 2 3 5 8
2004–05 Brampton Battalion OHL 68 12 38 50 42 6 2 2 4 0
2005–06 Brampton Battalion OHL 68 10 62 72 54 11 1 5 6 6
2006–07 Arizona Sundogs CHL 24 3 11 14 20
2006–07 Albany River Rats AHL 30 1 11 12 35
2007–08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 79 3 26 29 59
2008–09 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 65 3 14 17 52
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 12 0 0 0 8
2009–10 Chicago Wolves AHL 47 2 10 12 29
2009–10 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 15 0 1 1 23 18 0 4 4 8
NHL totals 12 0 0 0 8

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