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Born April 13, 1984(1984-04-13),
Port Moody, BC, CAN
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
New York Islanders
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 27th overall, 2003
Los Angeles Kings
Career 2005 – present

Jeff Tambellini (born April 13, 1984 in Port Moody, British Columbia) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger, currently playing for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). Originally drafted 27th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 2003, Tambellini played Junior A in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and college hockey with the University of Michigan before beginning his NHL career with the Kings in 2005–06. He was traded to the Islanders in his rookie season.

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Playing career

Tambellini played Junior A in the BCHL with the Chilliwack Chiefs for two seasons before joining the college ranks in 2002–03 with the University of Michigan, where he served as an alternate captain. After his freshman year, he was drafted in the first round, 27th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. Tambellini decided to forego his senior year with Michigan to turn pro in 2005–06, making his debut with the Kings, while spending time with their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs.

During his rookie season, on March 8, 2006, Tambellini was traded, along with defenceman Denis Grebeshkov, to the New York Islanders, in exchange for forward Mark Parrish and defenceman Brent Sopel.[1] He spent his first few years with the Islanders slitting time between the NHL and the AHL with their minor league affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. During the 2007–08 season, Tambellini set the a Sound Tigers single-season scoring record with 76 points in 57 games. The following season, in 2008–09, he earning a full-time roster spot with New York, scoring seven goals and adding eight assists in 65 games. He also scored three goals in three games in six games for the Sound Tigers.

In the 2009-10 NHL season, Tambellini recorded his first career NHL hat trick on October 31, 2009, against the Buffalo Sabres.[2]

Personal life

His father, Steve Tambellini, also played in the NHL as a member of the Islanders and is currently the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. He is the grandson of Addie Tambellini, who had helped the Trail Smoke Eaters win the 1961 World Ice Hockey Championships, the last Canadian amateur team to do so[3].

Awards

  • 2002–03 CCHA All-Rookie team
  • 2002–03 CCHA Second All-Star team
  • 2002–03 CCHA Rookie of the Year
  • 2003–04 CCHA All-Tournament team
  • 2003–04 CCHA First All-Star team
  • 2003–04 CCHA Tournament MVP
  • 2003–04 NCAA West Second All-American team

Career statistics

Tambellini, stretching before a game
    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 54 21 30 51 13
2001–02 Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 34 46 71 117 23
2002–03 U. of Michigan CCHA 43 26 19 45 24
2003–04 U. of Michigan CCHA 39 15 12 27 18
2004–05 U. of Michigan CCHA 42 24 33 57 32
2005–06 Manchester Monarchs AHL 56 25 31 56 26
2005–06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 0 0 2
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 21 1 3 4 8
2005–06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 7 1 2 3 2
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 23 2 7 9 6
2006–07 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 50 30 29 59 46
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 31 1 3 4 8
2007–08 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 57 38 38 76 38
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 65 7 8 15 32
2008–09 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 6 3 0 3 2
NHL totals 144 11 21 32 56

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