By on February 18, 2011

Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA FL – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Mike
Vernace to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, vice
president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Vernace, 6-foot, 216 pounds, was most recently recalled on February 15 and
played in two games. During that time he recorded his first NHL point
with an assist in 10:44 of ice time against Philadelphia on the same day
as his recall. Vernace has played in 10 games with Tampa Bay this season,
averaging 8:42 in ice time and recording an assist. He has played in 22
career NHL games with the Lightning and Colorado Avalanche.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Vernace has skated in 45 games with the
Admirals this season, recording six goals and 20 points. He leads all
team defensemen in points and ranks second for goals and power-play goals.

Vernace was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on July 29, 2010. He
was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round, 201st
overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

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