Tom Preissing
Tom Preissing
Defenseman
(TAWM PRIGH-sihng)
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 197
Shoots: Right
Born: Dec 3, 1978
Birthplace: Arlington Heights, IL, United States
Acquired: Signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 2, 2007.
2007-08: Tied career high with two goals March 20, 2008 at Phoenix (third career two-goal game, second of the season)...Notched two points (1-1=2) Jan. 1, 2008 vs. Chicago...Tied career high with two assists Dec. 30, 2007 at Chicago...Tied career high with two goals and three points (2-1=3) Dec. 6, 2007 vs. Buffalo…Had first multi-goal game of the season Nov. 13, 2007 at Anaheim.

2006-07: Led all Ottawa defensemen with 31 assists and 38 points (7-31=38)…His plus-40 rating was second overall on the club, tied for first among all league defensemen and tied for third overall in the NHL… Played in a career high 80 games…Recorded his 100th career NHL point March 24, 2007 vs. Tampa Bay…Played in his 200th career NHL game Feb. 14, 2007 vs. Florida…Recorded seven points (2-5=7), 10 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating in 20 postseason games as he helped lead the Senators to the Stanley Cup Finals…Established new career postseason highs for goals (2) and games played (20), and matched a postseason high for points (7).

2005-06: Was first among all San Jose defensemen in goals (11), assists (32) and points (43) and finished fifth overall on the team in points and assists…Finished fourth on the Sharks with a plus-17 rating and 22 power-play points (2-20=22)…Set a career high for points in a game with three (2-1=3) March 16, 2006 vs. St. Louis…Scored the overtime winner against Phoenix on Feb. 12, 2006…Recorded points in six of 11 postseason games…Had a five-game scoring streak (0-6=6) in the postseason that lasted from April 21, 2006 to April 30, 2006…Scored first career postseason goal May 8, 2006 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals vs. Edmonton (vs. Roloson).

2004-05: Played in 33 regular season games with the Krefeld Penguins (Germany) and posted seven points (1-6=7) and 32 penalty minutes.

2003-04:
Named San Jose’s Rookie of the Year… Finished fourth among all San Jose defensemen with 19 points (2-17=19)…Scored his first career game-winning goal Feb. 27, 2004 vs. Pittsburgh...Posted first career multiple-point game with two assists Jan. 24, 2004 vs. Minnesota…Scored his first career NHL goal Nov. 23, 2003 vs. Chicago…Collected his first career NHL assist Oct. 12, 2003 at Minnesota…Made his NHL debut Oct. 11, 2003 at Calgary.

LAST AMATEUR CLUB: Colorado College, NCAA… WCHA First Team All-Star in 2003…NCAA West First Team All-American in 2003…WCHA Student Athlete of the Year in 2003…Finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2003...Led the nation in points scored by a defenseman (42 GP, 23-29=52) in 2002-03…Tied for first in the nation with 17 power-play goals in 2002- 03…Served as his team’s captain in 2002-03.

TRANSACTIONS: Signed as an unrestricted free agent by San Jose on April 4, 2003…Traded to Chicago by San Jose with Josh Hennessy for Mark Bell on July 9, 2006…Traded to Ottawa by Chicago with Josh Hennessy, Michal Barinka and a second-round selection in the 2008 Entry Draft for Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski on July 10, 2006.

PERSONAL:
Lives in Colorado during the summer… Nickname is TP…Wife’s name is Danielle… Has a Tibetan Terrier dog named Lloyd…Favorite movie is Field of Dreams…Favorite actress is Nicole Kidman…Favorite actor is Johnny Depp…Favorite action hero is Yogi Bear…Favorite NHL city other than Los Angeles is New York…Favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo…Favorite authors are JK Rowling and JRR Tolkien…Favorite sport to play other than hockey is golf…Favorite sport to watch other than hockey is golf…Favorite hockey moment is going to the Stanley Cup Finals…Favorite professional athlete is Kenny Perry…Favorite road arena is the Pepsi Center in Colorado…Favorite website is Yahoo.com…Favorite TV shows are 30 Rock and The Office…Favorite restaurant is The Wellington Gastropub…Favorite food is bacon…Favorite holiday is Flag Day…Favorite magazine is Golf Digest…Childhood idol was Mike Crowley…Typical pre-game meal is Italian food…Is superstitious about not having superstitions…Biggest pet peeve is when people say, “It is what it is”… Supports the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund…Helps the environment by only having one car for his family (a hybrid), buying local foods when possible and supporting any alternative energy cause…An interesting fact that not many people know about him is he’s a published author.