Monday, April 5, 2010

Eastern Conference Eye Candy: Jeff Tambellini (NY Islanders)

Jeff began playing hockey in the BCHL Junior A league for the Chiliwack Chiefs in 2000.  He only played with them for two seasons (being named to the BCHL All-Star team as well as the BCHL MVP in his last season in 2002) before moving on to play at the collegiate level for the University of Michigan serving as an alternate captain for the team.  In his first year playing for the Wolverines (2003), Jeff was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team as well as CCHA Rookie of the Year.

Jeff was the LA Kings' first pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (27th overall), but continued to play college hockey through the 2004-2005 season foregoing his senior year to become a professional player for the Kings AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs during the 2005-2006.  After his first and only season playing for the Kings organization, he was traded to the NY Islanders along with Denis Grebeshkov for Mark Parrish and Brent Sopel on March 8, 2006. Up through the 2007-2008 season, Tambellini shared his time between the Islanders and their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, earning a permanent spot on the Isle's roster in 2008-2009.

He also helped Canada earn the silver medal in the 2004 World Junior Championships.

  • recorded his first hat trick this season against the Buffalo Sabres on October 31, 2009
  • played his 100th NHL career game on November 28, 2008 (his 100th career game as an Islander on December 26, 2008)
  • in the 2006-2007 season, he made the Islanders opening night roster out of training camper

Hockey is in the Tambellini family's blood as both his father and grandfather made hockey a profession.  Jeff's father, Steve Tambellini, also played for the NY Islanders and is currently the GM for the Edmonton Oilers (and served as Vancouver's GM prior to that) while his grandfather, Addie Tambellini, was part of the last Canadian amateur hockey team (Trail Smoke Eaters) to win the World Ice Hockey Championships in 1961.

  • subject in school - math
  • athlete - Tiger Woods
  • TV show - Lost
  • movie - Ghostbusters
  • sport (other than hockey) - golf
  • food - rigatoni ala vodka


India said...

hmm how did I miss this when watching Islanders matches? Will pay more attention next time... and maybe he should change his favourite athlete bit too...

aBurghGirl said...


I'm twice as excited for Thursday's game now.

Meli said...

I had such a massive crush on him when he was at U-M!! I knew he was at the golf course a lot too, but I never saw him there! :(

Molly said...

i have a suggestion for next week!
bryan little - thrashers
it wasn't until they showed him last night that i realized he was a pretty damn good looking man (: