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Jim Vandermeer
Jim Vandermeer
Defenseman
(VAN-duhr-meer)
Number: 23
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 210
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 21, 1980
Birthplace: Caroline, AB, Canada
Acquired: From Philadelphia with Colin Fraser and a 2nd round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Alex Zhamnov and a fourth round pick in 2004.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

High Goal Game: 2 (2x), last on Nov. 10, 2005 at STL High Assist Game: 2 (3x), last on March 3, 2006 vs. VAN
High Point Game:
2 (8x), last on March 3, 2006 vs. VAN
First NHL Game:
Jan. 3, 2003 at ANA
First NHL Goal/Point: J
an. 16, 2003 vs. MTL (Hackett)
First NHL Assist:
Feb. 4, 2003 at NYI

CAREER

2006-07: Appeared in 46 games, recording 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) … Suffered a broken bone in his leg on Jan. 26 vs. Nashville and missed the rest of the season … Collected an assist and was plus-3 in the 4-1 win on Dec. 10 vs. Edmonton … Tallied an assist and was plus-1 vs. Detroit on Dec. 14 … Scored a goal on Jan. 16 vs. Columbus.

2005-06: Vandermeer set new career highs in NHL games played (76), goals (6), power play goals (2) assists (18), points (24) and penalty minutes (116) ... His two power play goals led all Blackhawk defensemen ... Had five multiple point games to lead all Blackhawk defensemen ... Missed two games due to a bruised ankle and two games due to a suspension ... Scored two goals for the second time in his career, including the game winner, in a 4-2 win at St. Louis on Nov. 10 ... Distinguished himself as one of the toughest players in the NHL ... Was honored as a team leader by being given the “A” on his sweater for select games.

2004-05: Played in 52 regular season games for Norfolk, registiring 13 points (3-10-13), a plus-13 rating and 164 penalty minutes.

2003-04:
Began the season with the Philadelphia Flyers appearing in seven games before being assigned to the Phantoms in the AHL…Was recalled by the Flyers and recorded his first career 2-goal game on Dec.20th vs. NYI ... Missed six games from Jan.22nd through Feb.2nd after separating his shoulder ... Was acquired by the Blackhawks on Feb.19th ... Played his first game as a Blackhawk on Feb.22nd vs. St. Louis and picked up an assist on the winning goal ... Scored his first goal as a Blackhawk and the first power play goal of his career on March 19th vs. Vancouver ... Scored a shorthanded goal, the first of his career, and was a plus-2 at Colorado on March 23rd ... Had a 4-game scoring streak (2-2-4) from March 17th through 23rd ... Was 2nd on the team in scoring among defensemen with 17 points (5-12-17) ... Averaged 19:21 of ice time per game tying him for third with Steve McCarthy among defensemen.

2002-03: Split the season between Philadelphia’s NHL and AHL clubs ... Appeared in 24 games with the Flyers notching two goals and one assists for three points and 27 penalty minutes ... Recorded four goals and eight assists for 12 points and 122 penalty minutes in 48 games for the Phantoms ... Won the Phantoms' Most Coachable Player Award for the second consecutive season…Game at Anaheim on Jan. 3 was his first game in the NHL ... Was named First Star of the Game vs. Montreal on Jan. 16 after scoring his first career NHL goal (his first career NHL point) ... Recorded an assist on Recchi's game-winning goal at NY Islanders on Feb. 4, his first NHL assist ... Scored a goal and was a plus-4 at Florida on April 6 ... Appeared in eight post season contest with the Flyers recording one assists and nine penalty minutes.

2001-02: Received the Philadelphia Phantoms' (AHL) Most Coachable Player Award ... Recorded a goal and 13 assists for 14 points and 88 penalty minutes in 74 games for the Phantoms.

Juniors

2000-01: Named Canadian Major Junior Humanitarian Player of the Year ... Was named to the Western Hockey League East First All-Star Team ... Named WHL Humanitarian Player of the Year and captured the Red Deer's Players' Player, Top Defenseman and Co-Community Relations Awards ... Was Captain of the Red Deer team that won the Memorial Cup and WHL Championship (regular season and playoff) ... Led the WHL in plus/minus with a plus-49 rating … Played in the WHL All-Star Game ... Registered 28 goals and 37 assists for 65 points and 180 penalty minutes in 65 regular season games for Red Deer ... Added 16 points (3-13-16) and 43 penalty minutes in 22 playoff games for Red Deer.

1999-00: Led the Rebels in penalty minutes with 221 ... Recorded 38 points (8-30-38) in 71 games ... Was Captain.

1998-99: Led the Rebels in penalty minutes with 258 (fourth in the WHL) ... Registered five goals and 23 assists for 28 points in 70 games.

1997-98: Appeared in 35 games for Red Deer, notching three assists and 55 penalty minutes.

PERSONAL

Jim's nicknames are “Vandy” or “Jumbo” … Spends his summers working out, golfing and fishing … Favorite charity is the Sutter Fund … Favorite game day meal is salmon and rice.