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Chris Thomas Tamer (born November 17, 1970 in Dearbornmarker, Michiganmarker) is a retired American ice hockey defenseman who played in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, and Atlanta Thrashers.

Hockey career

After playing two years in the junior league, Tamer was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 4th round, 68th overall. Upon being drafted Tamer played for the University of Michiganmarker for four years where he established himself as a strong defenseman and hard hitter. After college he reported to the Penguins minor league affiliate Cleveland Lumberjacks for the 1993–1994 season. That season he also made his debut with the Penguins, playing in 12 games. After another year split between the Penguins and the Lumberjacks Tamer played with the Penguins full time for another three years. Shortly into the 1998–1999 season Tamer was traded to the New York Rangers. Following that season the newly formed Atlanta Thrashers picked up Tamer in the 1999 NHL Expansion Draft. He played with the Thrashers for five years, providing veteran experience for the young team. He enjoyed the best season of his career during the 2000–2001 season, scoring 17 points and playing all 82 games in the season, the only time he played the full 82 game schedule. For the 2005–2006 season Tamer played in 14 games with the Chicago Wolves before retiring.

Career statistics

Regular Season

    Regular season  
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 12 0 0 0 9
1994–95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 36 2 0 2 82
1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 4 10 14 153
1996–97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 45 2 4 6 131
1997–98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 0 7 7 181
1998–99 Pitt-New York Rangers NHL 63 1 5 6 124
1999–00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 69 2 8 10 91
2000–01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 4 13 17 128
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 78 3 3 6 111
2002–03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 72 1 9 10 118
2003–04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 38 2 5 7 55
11 Years Totals NHL 644 21 64 85 1183


International play

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1999 USA WC 6 1 0 1 8
2002 USA WC 7 0 1 1 2
Totals 13 1 1 2 10


Personal life

Tamer, along with his wife, founded "Tamer's Time Out for Kids" which allowed children with disabilities and their families to attend Thrasher home ice games. He is a member of the staff at HyperFit USA, a hockey skills and conditioning program.

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