Lightning reassign D Mike Vernace to Norfolk

TAMPA BAY, Fla. — 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.