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Born July 20, 1982 (1982-07-20) (age 27),
St-Agapit, QC, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Ottawa Senators
NHL Draft 55th overall, 2000
Ottawa Senators
Career 2003 – present

Antoine Vermette (born July 20, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

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QMJHL

Vermette played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for four seasons, beginning in 1998–99 with the Quebec Remparts. The next season, he joined the Victoriaville Tigres and posted 71 points in 71 games. Awarded the Mike Bossy Trophy at the season's end as the league's top prospect, he was selected 55th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Upon being drafted, he returned to the QMJHL for two more seasons and recorded a major junior career high 119 points in 2000–01. In his final year of junior, Vermette was limited to just 4 games during the regular season due to an injury suffered at Canada's national junior team evaluation camp. He returned in the playoffs to contribute 26 points in 22 games, leading the Tigres to the 2002 President's Cup as QMJHL champions and an appearance in the 2002 Memorial Cup in Guelph, finishing with a silver medal from the tournament, falling in the finals to the Kootenay Ice.

Ottawa Senators

Coming out of major junior, Vermette played the 2002–03 season with Ottawa's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. In 74 games, Vermette scored 18 goals and 20 assists and earned a place on the AHL All-Rookie Team. The following season, Vermette earned an NHL roster spot with Ottawa out of training camp. In his rookie NHL season, Vermette would appear in 57 games, scoring 14 points.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Vermette returned to Binghamton and scored 28 goals and 45 assists, second in team scoring only to Jason Spezza. As NHL play resumed the next season, Vermette broke out with 21 goals. He proved to be a valuable part of the Senators' lineup, providing valuable secondary scoring behind the Spezza-Heatley-Alfredsson line. His 6 shorthanded goals was good enough for second in the league. The Senators were considered Stanley Cup contenders by many, but were upset by the Buffalo Sabres in five games. In the off-season, he signed a two-year contract on July 18 worth approximately $2 million.

In 2006–07, Vermette continued to improve, increasing his points total to 39 points, spending the majority of the season on a checking line with fellow penalty-killer Chris Kelly. The duo were rarely apart. On December 2, 2006, Vermette famously scored from behind the net through his legs on the short side against the Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Johan Holmqvist. The goal became well-known around the league and was named TSN's Goal of the Season[1]. During the playoffs, Vermette recorded 5 points in 20 games and helped the Senators to the Prince of Wales Trophy as Eastern Conference champions before losing the Stanley Cup to the Anaheim Ducks in five games.

Vermette recorded his first career hat trick on April 3, 2008, against Vesa Toskala in a 8-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. After completing another career-year in 2007–08, recording personal bests with 24 goals, 29 assists and 53 points, Vermette re-signed with the Senators on July 31, 2008, to a two-year $2.525 million contract, avoiding arbitration.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Leading up to the 2009 NHL trade deadline, Vermette was widely rumored to be the subject of trade talks between the Senators and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus GM Scott Howson, looking for scoring help as his team attempted to make the playoffs for the first time in its history, was reportedly offering goalie Pascal Leclaire in exchange for Vermette. It later became official, on March 4, as Vermette was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2009 trade deadline for Leclaire and a 2009 2nd round pick.

Awards

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 57 9 17 26 32 13 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 71 30 41 71 87 6 0 1 1 6
2000–01 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 71 57 62 119 102 9 4 6 10 14
2001–02 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 4 0 2 2 6 22 10 16 26 10
2002–03 Binghamton Senators AHL 74 18 20 38 54 18 2 2 4 16
2003–04 Ottawa Senators NHL 57 7 7 14 16 4 0 1 1 4
2003–04 Binghamton Senators AHL 3 0 0 0 6
2004–05 Binghamton Senators AHL 78 28 45 73 36 6 1 4 5 10
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 82 21 12 33 44 10 2 0 2 4
2006–07 Ottawa Senators NHL 77 19 20 39 52 20 2 3 5 6
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 81 24 29 53 51 4 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 62 9 19 28 42
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 17 7 6 13 8 4 0 0 0 10
NHL totals 376 87 93 180 213 42 4 4 8 28
QMJHL totals 203 96 122 218 227 50 14 23 37 32
AHL totals 161 62 73 135 99 20 3 13 16 20

References

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Preceded by
Maxime Ouellet
Winner of the Mike Bossy Trophy
1999–00
Succeeded by
Aleš Hemský

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