Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tom Preissing
Tom Preissing was born December 3, 1978 in Rosemount, Minnesota. A free-agent signing by the San Jose Sharks in 2003, Preissing is a graduate of Colorado College.

An offensive minded defenceman, Preissing was a standout player with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL in 1998-99, as he was named the USHLs Top Defenceman and was voted to the USHL First All-Star Team before moving on to Colorado College the following year. In four years at CC, Preissing captured numerous honours including; Third Team All-WCHA (2000-01), Third Team All-WCHA (2001-02), WCHA Student Athlete of the Year (2002-03), All-WCHA First Team and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Throughout his four years at CC, the Rosemount, Minnesota native tallied 126 points (39-87-126) before making his professional debut in 2003-04.

Coming off a strong collegiate career, Preissing jumped right into the San Jose lineup in 2003-04 and contributed 19 points (2-17-19) in 67 games. He followed that season up with 43-points in 2005-06, which was the second-highest-scoring season by a defenceman in Sharks history.

In the summer of 2006, Preissing and Josh Hennessy were dealt to the Ottawa Senators in a three-way trade. As a Senator, Preissing led the club's defenseman in scoring with 38 points, finishing just one point shy of tying his career high point total set the previous season. In the playoffs that year, Preissing recorded 7 points in 20 games en route to the Senators first Eastern Conference championship.

After only one season in Ottawa, Preissing signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Kings in the summer of 2007.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP 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 +8 11 0 1 1 0
2004-05 Krefeld Pinguine Germany 33 1 6 7 32
2005-06 San Jose Sharks NHL 74 11 32 43 26 +17 11 1 6 7 4
2006-07 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 7 31 38 18 +40 20 2 5 7 10
2007-08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 8 16 24 16 -6
2008-09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 22 3 4 7 6 -7
2008-09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 14 2 4 6 6 -1
2009-10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 4 0 1 1 0 -6
2009-10 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 49 9 22 31 38 -11
2010-11 Barys Astana KHL 2 1 0 1 0
2011-12 EHC Biel-Bienne Swiss 29 5 2 7 4 2 1 1 2 0
2012-13 Rogle BK Angelholm Sweden 29 5 7 12 10
2012-13 TPS Turku Finland 20 3 5 8 16
NHL Totals 326 31 101 132 78 42 3 12 15 14


USHL First All-Star Team (1999) USHL Defenseman of the Year (1999) WCHA First All-Star Team (2003)
NCAA West First All-American Team (2003)
Signed as a free agent by San Jose, April 4, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Krefeld (Germany), November 15, 2004. Traded to Chicago by San Jose with Josh Hennessy for Mark Bell, July 9, 2006. Traded to Ottawa by Chicago with Josh Hennessy, Michal Barinka and Chicago's 2nd round pick (Patrick Wiercioch) in 2008 NHL Draft for Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski, July 10, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July 2, 2007. Traded to Colorado by Los Angeles with Kyle Quincey and Los Angeles' 5th round pick (Luke Walker) in 2010 NHL Draft for Ryan Smyth, July 3, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Oulu (Finland), September 16, 2010. Loaned to Astana (KHL) by Oulu (Finland). September 17, 2010. Missed remainder of 2010-11 due to knee injury vs. Novokuznetsk (KHL), September 19, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Biel-Bienne (Swiss), July 11, 2011.
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