Peter Vandermeer (LW)
||Red Deer, AB
2008-09 Highlights: Signed to an AHL contract by the Quad City Flames on July 2, 2008… Assigned to the Quad Cities from Calgary’s Training Camp on Sept. 26th.
2007-08 Highlights: Ranked second in the American Hockey League in penalty minutes with 332 PIMs in 38 games…Set a San Antonio franchise record for penalty minutes in a regular season…Established a San Antonio franchise record for penalty minutes in one game with 36 PIMs on Oct. 19th vs. Houston…Topped the 30 penalty minute mark again with 33 PIMs on Oct. 26th at Chicago…Released from his AHL contract in order to sign with the National Hockey League’s Phoenix Coyotes on Feb. 8th…Made his NHL debut with the Coyotes against Nashville on Feb. 10th…Returned to San Antonio on Feb. 11th…Scored the game-winning goal and earned first star honors in a 4-1 San Antonio win over Providence on March 5th…Recalled for a second stint with the Phoenix Coyotes on April 4th…Returned to San Antonio on April 7th…Crossed the 30 penalty minute threshold for the third and final time during the 2007-08 season on April 11th when he recorded 32 PIMs at Peoria.
Career Highlights: Leads all active AHL players, and ranks third on the league’s all-time list in penalty minutes with 2,496 during the AHL portion of his career…One of six brothers that have played hockey professional. Five are still active including Jim Vandermeer, who spent the second half of 2007-08 with the Calgary Flames…Spent parts of four seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels before beginning his professional career. Vandermeer played 180 games for the Rebels recording 106 points (41 goals and 65) with 597 penalty minutes…Led the 1994-95 Red Deer Rebels in penalty minutes (218)…Led the Rebels in penalty minutes for a second consecutive year with 207 PIMs in 1995-96…Led the 1998-99 B.C. Icemen on the United Hockey League in penalty minutes with 390…Won two division titles in 1998-99. Vandermeer played 62 games for the B.C. Icemen, a team that won the UHL’s Eastern Division. He also appeared in two regular season games for the AHL’s Empire Division Champions, the Rochester Americans…Reached the Calder Cup Finals as a member of the 1998-99 Rochester Americans…Led the 1999-2000 Richmond Renegades in penalty minutes with 457…Led the 2000-01 Providence Bruins in penalty minutes with 240…Signed his first NHL contract on July 6th, 2001 with the Philadelphia Flyers…Led the 2001-02 Philadelphia Phantoms in penalty minutes with 313…Ranked second in the AHL in penalty minutes, and led the Phantoms in the category for a second straight year with 335 in 2002-03…Established a Philadelphia Phantoms franchise record for penalty minutes in a single game with 44 PIMs on Dec. 28th, 2003 vs. Binghamton…Led the AHL, and for the third straight year led the Phantoms, in penalty minutes with 398 in 2003-04…Was a member of the 2003-04 AHL East Division Champion Philadelphia Phantoms…Finished his tenure in Philadelphia with 1,046 penalty minutes as a Phantom. Vandermeer holds the Philadelphia franchise record for penalty minutes…Signed with the Detroit Red Wings organization on Aug. 16th, 2004…Signed with the Montreal Canadiens organization on Aug. 2nd, 2005 and went on to lead the 2005-06 Hamilton Bulldogs in penalty minutes with 276…Signed his fourth NHL contract on July 21st, 2006 with the Washington Capitals organization…Was a member of the 2006-07 AHL East Division Champion Hershey Bears…Reached the Calder Cup Finals as a member of the 2006-07 Hershey Bears.