Drafted 2001, 1 #25 overall by Brandon Wheat Kings in the CHL Import Draft
Cult/Star player for Austria
Cult/Star player for Buffalo Sabres
Cult/Star player for Sioux Falls Stampede
– 2014-03-05 • Traded to the Montréal Canadiens for Sebastian Collberg and a conditional 2nd-round draft pick.
– 2013-10-27 • Traded to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson and a 2014 1st and 2015 2nd-round NHL draft pick.
Memorable dates and notes
– 2004-04-15 • Debut for Team Austria (1:2 vs. Germany in Ravensburg, GER)
– 2003-04-12 • Scored the GWG against New Hampshire in the National-Championship-Game at the NCAA-FrozenFour.
– He has Czech and Slovak parents. His father Zdeněk Vaněk (born in Hradec Králové) was a proffesional ice-hockey player as well. His mother Jarmila Vaňková is Slovak. They moved from Czechoslovakia two years before Thomas was born.