American Defenseman Tommy Vannelli To Join Tigers

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Dave Andjelic

September 24, 2013, Medicine Hat, AB (ISN) – Medicine Hat Tigers are pleased to announce 18-year-old defenseman Tommy Vannelli has decided to join the Tigers.

Vannelli, a 6’2″, 175 lbs defenseman from Minnetonka, MN was a second round selection 47th overall of the St. Louis Blues in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

“We are very excited to add Tommy to our group,” said Tigers’ general manager/head coach Shaun Clouston. “He is a talented and mobile defenseman who will add offense to our back end. We look forward to working with Tommy as he continues his develop in the Western Hockey League.

Tommy played high school hockey with Minnetonka High the past two seasons before joining the U.S. National Development Program last year. He won a silver medal at the 2012-13 U18 WJC and also competed in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament for Team USA.

Tommy Vannelli

Hometown: Minnetonka, MN

DOB: January 26, 1995

Position: Right Defense

Height: 6’ 2”   

NHL: 2nd Round/147th St. Louis

Weight:175 lbs

CAREER STATISTICS

Season

Team

League

GP

G

A

TP

PIM

+/-

 2011-12

Minnetonka High

USHS

25

6

14

20

8

21

 2012-13

Minnetonka High

USHS

25

8

23

31

14

Team Northwest

USHS

20

4

10

14

16

USNTDP Juniors

USHL

11

1

1

2

4

7

U.S. National U18 Team

USDP

20

3

2

5

4

USA U18

Hlinka Memorial

4

0

0

0

2

-5

USA U18

WJC-18

7

2

1

3

0

0

Vannelli is expected to arrive in Medicine Hat later this week.

 

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