Jason Allison

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Jason Allison
Born (1975-05-29) May 29, 1975 (age 39)
North York, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Washington Capitals
Boston Bruins
Los Angeles Kings
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Draft 17th overall, 1993
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1993–2006

Jason Paul Allison (born May 29, 1975) is a former professional ice hockey centre who played 552 games in the National Hockey League. His most productive seasons were with the Boston Bruins, where he briefly served as team captain.

Allison was born in North York, Ontario, but grew up in Toronto, Ontario.

Playing career[edit]

Allison attended Humber Summit Middle School and Westview in Toronto, Ontario. His brother Todd attended the same schools. He played AAA Hockey with the Toronto Red Wings Hockey Club.

Allison was drafted 17th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals, amidst a stellar junior career for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

Allison played parts of two seasons with the Los Angeles Kings where, for a brief time, he teamed with former stars Žigmund Pálffy and Adam Deadmarsh. He has also played for the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals. His best season was 2000–01 when he had 95 points. Allison has played 552 games in his career, racking up 154 goals and 331 assists for 485 points. He also has 25 points in 25 career playoff games. Allison missed most of the 2002–03 season and all of the following season because of a neck injury and concussion.

Prior to the 2005–06 season, Allison signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth $1.5 million, with bonus incentives for good performance.[1] Allison suffered a hand injury in a game against the Montreal Canadiens, and had to have surgery on his hand, which sidelined him for the remainder of the season. In the 66 games he played in before the injury, he scored 17 goals and had 60 points for the Maple Leafs.

After the 2005–06 season, Allison became an unrestricted free agent. Toronto chose not to re-sign Allison because new head coach Paul Maurice and GM John Ferguson, Jr. did not feel he would be a proper fit for their new, young, fast-paced team.[citation needed]

Allison subsequently did not sign with a team for the 2006–07 NHL season, despite rumours of multiple contract offers. Whilst in retirement Allison operated a horse farm north of Toronto [2]

Attempted comeback[edit]

On August 28, 2009, Allison received an invitation to the Toronto Maple Leafs September 2009 Training Camp and trained with them through the beginning of the preseason. Allison had not played professionally since 2005–06; in explaining the invitation, Brian Burke, the general manager of the Maple Leafs, said: "He had some personal issues and some major physical issues at that time. He has solved all of those. In my mind, he is a guy who might give us a lift and he deserves that opportunity,"[3]

In an interview after his first exhibition game back, Allison was as confident as ever. "I didn't contribute much, but that's to be expected, I'm just shaking the cobwebs off. I fully anticipate regaining my previous form as a point per game player."

Allison's bid to make the team on a tryout ended up falling short. The training invite yielded a memorable moment, when Allison fought with the Philadelphia Flyers' Darroll Powe during an exhibition game and ripped his helmet in half with his bare hands.[4] It was not enough, however, and by September 28, Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson confessed that Allison was "out of the plans."[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 London Knights OHL 65 11 19 30 15 7 0 0 0 0
1992–93 London Knights OHL 66 42 76 118 50 12 7 13 20 8
1993–94 London Knights OHL 56 55 87 142 68 5 2 13 15 13
1993–94 Washington Capitals NHL 2 0 1 1 0
1994–95 London Knights OHL 15 15 21 36 43
1994–95 Portland Pirates AHL 8 5 4 9 2 7 3 8 11 2
1994–95 Washington Capitals NHL 12 2 1 3 6
1995–96 Portland Pirates AHL 57 28 41 69 42 6 1 6 7 9
1995–96 Washington Capitals NHL 19 0 3 3 2
1996–97 Washington Capitals NHL 53 5 17 22 25
1996–97 Boston Bruins NHL 19 3 9 12 9
1997–98 Boston Bruins NHL 81 33 50 83 60 6 2 6 8 4
1998–99 Boston Bruins NHL 82 23 53 76 68 12 2 9 11 6
1999–00 Boston Bruins NHL 37 10 18 28 20
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL 82 36 59 95 85
2001–02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 19 55 74 68 7 3 3 6 4
2002–03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 26 6 22 28 20
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 17 43 60 76
NHL totals 552 154 331 485 441 25 7 18 25 14
OHL totals 202 123 203 326 176 24 9 26 35 21

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 1994 Ostrava
Gold 1995 Alberta
Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Canada WJC 1st 7 3 6 9 2
1995 Canada WJC 1st 7 3 12 15 6
Junior int'l totals 14 6 18 24 8

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
OHL
CHL First All-Star Team 1994
CHL Player of the Year 1994
CHL Top Scorer Award 1994
OHL First All-Star Team 1994
Red Tilson Trophy 1994
Eddie Powers Trophy 1994
William Hanley Trophy 1994
NHL
All-Star Game 2001

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allison emerging as a leader". Canoe.ca. 2006-11-12. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  2. ^ "Cap will be fit for Kings". Boston.com. 2008-09-06. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  3. ^ Mike Ulmer (2009-09-01). "Ulmer Catches Up With Burke". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  4. ^ Greg Wyshynski (2009-09-20). "For Next Trick, Jason Allison will rip phone book in half". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  5. ^ "Leafs Lose Final Preseason Game". The Sports Network. 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Ray Bourque
Boston Bruins captain
2000–01
Succeeded by
Joe Thornton
Preceded by
Pat Peake
CHL Player of the Year
1994
Succeeded by
David Ling
Preceded by
Brendan Witt
Washington Capitals first round draft pick
1993
Succeeded by
Nolan Baumgartner