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Thomas Vanek (b. January 19th 1984 in Baden bei Wien, Austria) is a professional winger playing in the National Hockey League for the Buffalo Sabres. They drafted him 5th of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, making him the highest draft pick of Austrian hockey.

Vanek, who was born of Czech parents who emigrated to Austria, played his junior hockey in the USHL with the Sioux Falls Stampede before moving on to the NCAA with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, where he became a star, being named MVP of the Frozen Four in 2003 after winning the NCAA National Championship and having led his team in the regular season with 31 goals and as many assists. He was also named MVP for the year 2003, becoming the first freshman to earn this honour.

In 2004-05, Vanek joined the Rochester Americans, where he recorded 68 points in 74 matches, helping the Amerks get the best regular season record of the league and finishing second on the team in points (11 behind Chris Taylor), but first in goals with 42 and power play goals with 25.

He signed a three years deal with the Sabres on September 3rd 2005 and began playing regularly with the team in 2005-06, scoring a solid 25 goals and collecting 23 assists in 81 games, good for 48 points.

Vanek wore the Austrian National Team's jersey for the 2004 IIHF World Championships, tallying 2 goals and 5 assists in 6 games.


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