Weight: 220 lbs.
DOB: April 15, 1976
Place of Birth: Rochester, NY
Drafted: 1st Round, 4th Overall, 1994 Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers
NHL Transactions: To Tampa via trade with Edmonton (Bryan Marchment and Steve Kelly) for Roman Hamrlik (rights to Paul Comrie) on December 30, 1997. Signed with Toronto as an unrestricted free agent July 15, 1999. Signed with Phoenix December 13, 2002 after a year and a half absence from hockey
First NHL Game: May 3, 1995
First NHL Goal: May 3, 1995 @ Calgary against Trevor Kidd. Scored at 18:32 of the 2nd period. Assisted by Kelly Buchberger and Scott Thornton
First NHL Assist: December 1, 1995 Vs. Calgary
Career Highlights: Was signed to his first NHL contract May 3, 1995...Scored his first NHL goal that night...Averaged more than a point-per-game in junior, scoring 71-119-190 in 173 games...Finished 8th overall in scoring and was the leading scorer for the US in the 1993 Pacific Cup in Japan with 5 goals and 1 assist...Represented the United States twice at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships (Ostrava, Czech Republic in 1994 and Red Deer, Alberta in 1995)
2005-06 Recap: Jason sat this season out but plans to return to hockey again next year!
2004-05 Recap: A return to Europe was the focus this season as Jason headed first to Finland where he played with a couple of different teams, the Lahti Pelicans and the Tampere Ilves. He then moved on to Norway where he played out the season for the Trondheim Black Panthers. It was a successful run in Norway with 12 points in 17 games.
2003-04 Recap: After a brief stint with South Carolina, Jason went over to Switzerland where he played for EHC Biel-Bienne. He was very effective there, averaging a goal per game, and quickly became a crowd favourite! He left following a suspension during the playoffs but hopes to return to Europe again someday.
2002-03 Recap: Jason made his long awaited return to hockey this season by starting out at the Rochester Americans training camp. There he became a victim of the numbers game but soon after signed a PTO with the Springfield Falcons in October! He soon impressed and signed a contract with the Phoenix Coyotes in December but continued to play in Springfield for most of the season. In mid-March Jason was "loaned" to the Lowell Lock Monsters along with Michael Schutte, where they finished off the season. Watch for him in a rink near you come September!
2001-02 Recap: Jason did not play again this season. However, he is training hard and plans to be back with a vengeance for the 2002-2003 season!
2000-01 Recap: As many of you are aware, Jason did not play this year. Look for him to be back on the ice for the 2001-2002 season!
1999-00 Recap: After a very strong training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jason was unfortunately assigned to St. John's in the AHL on September 25th. He played there until mid-December, encountering two minor injuries (a shoulder separation and sprained ankle) along the way. He was subsequently a healthy scratch until January 10th, at which time he was given his outright release.
1998-99 Recap: Much of this season was spent with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL. Jason had been playing a very important role as a point-man on the Jacks powerplay when he was recalled by Tampa in late February. He finished the season there, impressing with his increased physical play and ever-amazing faceoff abilities! He is a free agent this summer and will be with a different team this fall.
1997-98 Recap: This season meant a lot of travel for Jason. He played for five separate teams, spending time in three different leagues (AHL, IHL, NHL). He returned to the NHL after a year-long absence and continued to impress with his faceoffs and dedication to working hard. Jason is slowly regaining some of the confidence he had lost and is looking to obtain and maintain a solid position in the NHL next season!
Strengths: Jason is an extremely skilled and talented hockey player. He is a strong, speedy skater and very good at passing. He is also strong on faceoffs and has been compared to John LeClair and Mario Lemieux, his idol.
Hobbies/Interests: Jason's hobbies include collecting sports memorabilia (especially that of Mario Lemieux) and Speedway motorcycle racing! Go read some more about his racing!
Personal: Jason and wife Kim are the proud parents of daughter Jordan and son Parker.