Position Defense
Shoots Right
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
205 lb (93 kg/14 st 9 lb)
NHL Team
F. teams
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
Ottawa Senators
Nationality 22x20px United States
Born December 3, 1978 (1978-12-03) (age 38),
Arlington Heights, IL, USA
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro career 2003 – present


Thomas Joseph Preissing (born December 3, 1978 in Arlington Heights, Illinois) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL. He was raised in Rosemount, Minnesota.

Junior and college careerEdit

Out of high school where he played four years on the varsity team at Rosemount High School as a forward Preissing played two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL where then coach Mark Osiecki converted Preissing to a defenceman, paving the way for his future hockey successes. Preissing was signed as a free agent out of college. He played for Colorado College and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, he also captained CC his senior year. He earned NCAA - West First All-American honors. He holds the WCHA record for most goals by a defenseman in a season with 23 in 2002-03.

Pro careerEdit

Preissing was the San Jose Sharks' rookie of the year in the 2004 season, where he had two goals and seventeen assists in 69 games. He was praised for making the step directly from college to the NHL without stopping in the AHL. In the 2006 season, he has taken a huge step, scoring 43 points in seventy-four games to have the second-highest-scoring season by a defenseman in Sharks history (first being Sandis Ozolinsh).

On July 9, 2006, Preissing and Josh Hennessy were traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for power forward Mark Bell. The Hawks immediately traded the two, along with Michal Barinka and a second round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft to the Ottawa Senators for Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski.

On July 2, 2007, Tom Preissing signed a four-year contract as an unrestricted free agent with the Los Angeles Kings worth $11 million US.[1]


  • 2002–2003: NCAA - West First All-American Team
  • 2002–2003: Hobey Baker Memorial Award-finalist
  • 2003–2004: San Jose Sharks Playstation rookie of the year

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 San Jose Sharks NHL 69 2 17 19 12 11 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Krefeld Pinguine DEL 33 1 6 7 32 -- -- -- -- --
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 74 11 32 43 26 11 1 6 7 4
2006–07 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 7 31 38 18 20 2 5 7 10
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 8 16 24 16 -- -- -- -- --
NHL Totals 300 28 96 124 72 42 3 12 15 14


External linksEdit

ru:Прайссинг, Том sv:Tom Preissing

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