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Position Defenceman
Shoots Right
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Colorado Avalanche
San Jose Sharks
Ottawa Senators
Los Angeles Kings
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born December 3 1978 (1978-12-03) (age 31),
Arlington Heights, IL, USA
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro Career 2003 – present

Thomas Joseph Preissing (born December 3, 1978 in Arlington Heights, Illinois) is an American professional ice hockey defenceman currently with the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL. He was raised in Rosemount, Minnesota.


Playing career



Preissing played four years as a forward on the varsity team at Rosemount High School before moving on to play two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. It was with the Gamblers that then coach Mark Osiecki converted Tom to a defenceman, paving the way for his future hockey successes. Preissing played for Colorado College of the WCHA and was a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. He also captained the Tigers in his senior year. He earned NCAA - West First All-American honors and holds the WCHA record for most goals by a defenseman in a season with 23 in 2002-03.


Preissing was signed as a undrafted free agent by the San Jose Sharks on April 4, 2003. After a strong training camp with the Sharks, Preissing was a surprise inclusion on the opening night roster for the 2003-04 season. Tom played the full season with the Sharks where he had two goals and seventeen assists in 69 games. He was praised for making the step directly from college to the NHL without stopping in the AHL and was named San Jose's rookie of the year in 2004. In the 2005-06 season, Preissing broke out, scoring 43 points in seventy-four games to have the second-highest-scoring season by a defenseman in Sharks history behind only Sandis Ozolinsh.

On July 9, 2006, Preissing and Josh Hennessy were traded by the Sharks to the Chicago Blackhawks for Mark Bell. The Hawks immediately traded the two, along with Michal Barinka and a second round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft to the Ottawa Senators for Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski. Tom then spent the 2006-07 season with Ottawa, recording 38 points in 80 games. He helped the Senators reach the Stanley Cup final in which they lost to the Anaheim Ducks in 5 games.

On July 2, 2007, Preissing signed a four-year, $11 million contract as an unrestricted free agent with the Los Angeles Kings. In the 2007-08 season, his first with the Kings, Preissing suffered in production scoring only 24 points in 77 games. Preissing's underwhelming play continued as he was benched for four games into the early stages of the 2008-09 season. After stepping up his play Preissing was then hampered by illness and upon recovery was assigned to the Kings affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL on March 4, 2009, for the rest of the season.

On July 3, 2009, Preissing was traded by the Kings, along with Kyle Quincey and a fifth round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, to the Colorado Avalanche for Ryan Smyth.[1]


  • 2002–03: NCAA - West First All-American Team

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 56 8 13 21 30 4 0 2 2 2
1998–99 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 53 18 37 55 40 6 3 6 9 2
1999–00 Colorado College WCHA 36 4 14 18 20
2000–01 Colorado College WCHA 33 6 18 24 26
2001–02 Colorado College WCHA 43 6 26 32 42
2002–03 Colorado College WCHA 42 23 29 52 16
2003–04 San Jose Sharks NHL 69 2 17 19 12 11 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Krefeld Pinguine DEL 33 1 6 7 32
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 74 11 32 43 26 11 1 6 7 4
2006–07 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 7 31 38 18 20 2 5 7 10
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 8 16 24 16
2008–09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 22 3 4 7 6
2008–09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 14 2 4 6 6
NHL Totals 322 31 100 131 78 42 3 12 15 14

External links

  • Tom Preissing's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Tom Preissing at
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