Jeff Tambellini is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League while under contract to the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League . Originally selected 27th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, he joined the NHL in 2005. During his rookie season, he was traded to the New York Islanders. He split his first three professional seasons between the NHL and his clubs American Hockey League affiliates, the Manchester Monarchs and Bridgeport Sound Tigers . In July 2010, Tambellini signed with the Vancouver Canucks and spent a season with the organization.
Tambellini was born in Calgary, Alberta. His father Steve Tambellini, a retired ice hockey player and former general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, was playing for the Calgary Flames at the time. Steve also played in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils and Vancouver Canucks. Tambellinis grandfather, Addie Tambellini, was a member of the Trail Smoke Eaters who were the last Canadian amateur team to win the World Championships in 1961. While his father became involved with the Canucks first as a player, then as an executive later in his career, Jeff lived in suburban Port Moody, British Columbia, gaining exposure to the NHL environment. After leaving home to begin his own hockey career, Jeff returned to Vancouver in the offseasons, residing in the downtown Coal Harbour neighbourhood.