Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim Vandermeer
Jim Vandermeer was born February 21, 1980 in Caroline, Alberta. A free-agent signing by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2000, Vandermeer is a graduate of the WHL's Red Deer Rebels.

The Caroline, Alberta native caped-off a four-year career with the Red Deer winning the Memorial Cup in 2001, while leading the WHL that season in plus/minus, with a +49. The recipient of the WHL Humanitarian of the Year award in 2001, Vandermeer served as the team's captain from 1999-2001 and amassed over 700 PIMS in his four years in Red Deer before making his professional debut with the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms in 2001-02.

In his first season with the Phantoms, Vandermeer registered 14 PTS and 88 PIMS while receiving the Phantoms' Most Coachable Player award. Vandermeer returned to the Phantoms for the 2002-03 season, yet his strong play on the team's blue line earned him 24 games with the parent club. After splitting his time with the Flyers and Phantoms early on during the 2003-04 season, Vandermeer was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks along junior prospect Colin Fraser for Alexei Zhamnov. Over two seasons in Chicago, Vandermeer set a career high in games played (76), goals (6), assists (18) and points (24) in his 2005-06 season. The following year he appeared in 46 games with the Hawks before he broke a bone in his leg in a January 26 game against Nashville. The injury caused Vandermeer to miss the remainder of the season. In the 2007-08 season, Vandermeer was dealt by the Blackhawks back to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Ben Eager. His second stint in Philadelphia lasted only 28 games as the club opted to trade the Alberta native to the Calgary Flames just days before the NHL trading deadline.

On June 27, 2009, Vandermeer was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Brandon Prust. The following summer he was shipped back to Alberta, this time to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Patrick O'Sullivan.

In the summer of 2011 Vandermeer was on the move again. This time, as an unrestricted free agent, he inked a deal with the San Jose Sharks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1997-98 Red Deer Optimist Chiefs AMHL 26 4 8 12 51
1997-98 Red Deer Rebels WHL 35 0 3 3 55 +1 2 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Red Deer Rebels WHL 70 5 23 28 258 +31 9 0 1 1 24
1999-00 Red Deer Rebels WHL 71 8 30 38 221 +19 4 0 1 1 16
2000-01 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 21 44 65 180 +49 22 3 13 16 43
2000-01 Red Deer Rebels M-Cup 4 2 2 4 8
2001-02 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 74 1 13 14 88 -8 5 0 2 2 14
2002-03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 24 2 1 3 27 +9 8 0 1 1 9
2002-03 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 48 4 8 12 122 -9
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 23 3 2 5 25 -5
2003-04 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 26 1 6 7 120 -9
2003-04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 23 2 10 12 58 -6
2004-05 Norfolk Admirals AHL 52 3 10 13 164 +13
2005-06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 6 18 24 116 -2
2006-07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 46 1 6 7 53 -3
2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 26 2 7 9 44 +3
2007-08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 28 1 5 6 27 -1
2007-08 Calgary Flames NHL 21 0 2 2 39 +4 7 0 0 0 4
2008-09 Calgary Flames NHL 45 1 6 7 108 +1 6 0 1 1 4
2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 62 4 8 12 60 +3
2010-11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 2 12 14 74 -15
2011-12 San Jose Sharks NHL 25 1 3 4 33 +3
2012-13 Chicago Wolves AHL 34 5 5 10 66 +7
2013-14 Kloten Flyers Swiss 49 2 10 12 86 16 1 0 1 26
NHL Totals 461 25 80 105 664 21 0 2 2 17


Brother of Peter
WHL East First All-Star Team (2001)
Canadian Major Junior Humanitarian Player of the Year (2001)
Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, December 21, 2000. Traded to Chicago by Philadelphia with the rights to Colin Fraser and Los Angeles' 2nd round pick (previously acquired, Chicago selected Bryan Bickell) in 2004 NHL Draft for Alex Zhamnov and Washington's 4th round pick (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected R.J. Anderson) in 2004 NHL Draft, February 19, 2004. Traded to Philadelphia by Chicago for Ben Eager, December 18, 2007. Traded to Calgary by Philadelphia for Calgary's 3rd round pick (Adam Morrison) in 2009 NHL Draft, February 20, 2008. Traded to Phoenix by Calgary for Brandon Prust, June 27. 2009. Traded to Edmonton by Phoenix for Patrick O'Sullivan, June 30, 2010. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, July 1, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, January 14, 2013.
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