AMERICAN DEFENCEMAN VANNELLI JOINS TIGERS

Sep 24, 2013 - 04:52 MDT

Medicine Hat, AB – The 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.

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

Tommy Vannelli
Hometown: Minnetonka, MN
DOB: January 26, 1995
Position: Right Defense
Height: 6’ 2”   
NHL: 2nd Round/47th St. Louis
Weight:175 lbs

 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