James Patrick Vandermeer (born February 21, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL). Vandermeer previously played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers and the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
February 21, 1980|
Caroline, Alberta, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)|
San Jose Sharks
Vandermeer capped-off a four-year career (1997–2001) with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL) 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 PIM in his four years in Red Deer.
On December 21, 2000, Vandermeer signed with the Philadelphia Flyers as an undrafted free agent. He made his professional AHL debut with the Philadelphia Phantoms during the 2001-02 season. On January 2, 2003, Vandermeer made his NHL debut with the Philadelphia Flyers playing against the Anaheim Ducks.
On February 19, 2004, Vandermeer was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks with Colin Fraser and a 2004 second round draft pick in exchange for Alexei Zhamnov. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Vandermeer played with the Norfolk Admirals, the AHL affiliate to the Chicago Blackhawks. Vandermeer re-signed with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2005-08. He was named one of the team's alternate captains for select games and earned over $3 million during this time.
On December 18, 2007, Vandermeer was traded back to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Ben Eager. On February 20, 2008, Vandermeer was traded by the Flyers to the Calgary Flames for a third round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
On July 1, 2008, Vandermeer signed a three-year deal worth $6.9 million as an unrestricted free agent with the Calgary Flames. On June 27, 2009, Vandermeer was traded by the Flames to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Brandon Prust.
During the 2010–11 season with the Oilers, Vandermeer was named one of the alternate captains for select games. On March 22, 2011, Vandermeer recorded his 100th career point vs the Nashville Predators with an assist on a goal by Jordan Eberle.
On January 14, 2013, after the lockout ended, Vandermeer continued his journeyman career in signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks that paid him $600,000 at the NHL level and $275,000 at the AHL level. Vandermeer spent the majority of the shortened season with the Canucks AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, and was named one of the team's alternate captains for select games.
On September 6, 2013, Vandermeer signed a one-year contract in Switzerland with the Kloten Flyers of the NLA. He signed one-year contract extensions with the Kloten Flyers in November 2013, and September 2014.
On February 2, 2016, Vandermeer signed with the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League. Vandermeer re-signed with the Giants in August 2017 for the 2017-18 season, becoming Belfast's player/assistant coach alongside head coach Adam Keefe in the process.
Vandermeer and his wife, Stefanie, were introduced by their mutual friend Brent Seabrook in 2007. They were married on July 3, 2009 in Vancouver. NHL stars Brent Seabrook and James Wisniewski served as groomsmen. They reside in Vancouver during the offseason. They have two children, a son, born in 2013 and a daughter, born in 2014.
|1997–98||Red Deer Rebels||WHL||35||0||3||3||55||2||0||0||0||0|
|1998–99||Red Deer Rebels||WHL||70||5||23||28||258||9||0||1||1||24|
|1999–00||Red Deer Rebels||WHL||71||8||30||38||221||4||0||1||1||16|
|2000–01||Red Deer Rebels||WHL||72||21||44||65||180||22||3||13||16||43|
|2011–12||San Jose Sharks||NHL||25||1||3||4||33||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
|WHL Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy||2000–01|
|WHL West First Team All-Star||2000–01|||
|CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award||2000–01|
|WHL Plus-Minus Award||2000–01|
|AHL Philadelphia Phantoms Most Coachable Player Award||2000–01|
|AHL Philadelphia Phantoms Most Coachable Player Award||2001–02|
|NHL Phoenix Coyotes Man of the Year Award||2009–10|
|EIHL Belfast Giants Defenseman of the Year Award||2016–17|
- "Flyers sign overlooked free agent Vandermeer". The Morning Call. December 22, 2000. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
- "Zhamnov on way to Flyers". Chicago Tribune. February 20, 2004. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
- "Flyers trade Eager to Blackhawks for Vandermeer". CBC News. December 19, 2007. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
- Panaccio, Tim (December 20, 2007). "Flyers pick up a meat-and-potatoes defenseman". philly.com. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
- "Flames trade for defenceman Vandermeer". CBC News. February 20, 2008. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
- "Sawmill sharpened Flame's work ethic". Calgary Herald. October 3, 2008. Retrieved 2016-02-04.[permanent dead link]
- "Vandermeer adds grit to Oilers". London Free Press. July 1, 2010. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
- "Coyotes announce annual team award winners". NHL.com. April 7, 2010. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
- "Oilers trade O'Sullivan to Coyotes for Vandermeer". San Diego Tribune. June 30, 2010. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
- "Sharks sign D Vandermeer to open free agency". NHL.com. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
- "JIM VANDERMEER". CapGeek.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
- "Canucks sign veteran defenseman Vandermeer". NHL.com. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-16.
- "Kloten Flyers sign Peter Mueller, Jim Vandermeer" (in German). Kloten Flyers. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2013-09-09.
- "Kloten Flyers sign foreigners Vandermeer (33) and Mueller (25)". Swiss Hockey News. September 6, 2014. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
- "Kloten Flyers extend contracts with Vandermeer and Schelling". Swiss Hockey News. November 24, 2013. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
- "Kloten Flyers extend contracts of Gerber, Vandermeer and Stoop". Swiss Hockey News. September 9, 2014. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
- "Belfast Giants sign ex-NHL star Vandermeer". BBC Sport. February 2, 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
- "Experienced defenceman Jim Vandermeer extends his contract with the Belfast Giants". BBC Sport. August 10, 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
- Jesse Watts (2014). Western Hockey League 2014-2015 Official Guide (PDF). pp. 242–3. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
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|Awards and achievements|
| Winner of the CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award
| Winner of the WHL Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
| Winner of the WHL Plus-Minus Award