Jason Blake (ice hockey)
September 2, 1973 |
Moorhead, MN, USA
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||Los Angeles Kings
New York Islanders
Toronto Maple Leafs
|National team||United States|
He played for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Collegiately, he played one year at Ferris State University before transferring the University of North Dakota, and starred on their 1996-1997 National Championship team.
He was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Kings in 1999. He was acquired by the New York Islanders in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings in January 2001. The Islanders sent a conditional pick in 2002 to the Kings for Blake. Jason set career highs in goals and points during the 2005–06 season with 28 and 57, respectively. The following season he topped both totals, scoring 40 goals and 69 points. The 40th goal was scored against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 5, 2007.
Along with New York Islanders teammates Rick DiPietro and Mark Parrish, Blake was part of Team USA at the Winter Olympics held in Turin, Italy in February 2006. Team USA was led by Peter Laviolette, his former coach with the Islanders.
Blake scored his 99th and 100th career NHL goals against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 31, 2006. The milestone 100th goal came on the power play late in the 3rd period.
At the end of the 2006–07 season Blake became an unrestricted free agent. He was quoted in Newsday in February 2007 saying he would probably test the free agent market if not re-signed by the Islanders prior to the NHL trading deadline. Blake was neither traded nor re-signed before the deadline and on July 1, 2007, Blake signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-year contract worth US $20 million. Jason Blake was the favorite of many fans and struggles from cancer. Jason Blake by far impacted the islanders throughout 2006
On October 8, 2007, Blake announced that he had been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia a rare, but highly treatable form of cancer. He continued to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs for the rest of the season.
In Blake's first season with Toronto he played in all 82 regular season games. He scored 15 goals and added 37 assists for a total of 52 points. While he managed a considerable number of points, he struggled to score goals all season, having over 300 shots on goal, easily a career high, but only 15 goals. He was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy at the end of the season for perseverance and dedication to hockey through the difficult times he faced after being diagnosed with cancer.
Regular season and playoffs
|1992–93||Waterloo Black Hawks||USHL||45||24||27||51||107||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||Waterloo Black Hawks||USHL||47||50||50||100||76||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Ferris State Bulldogs||CCHA||36||16||16||32||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||North Dakota Fighting Sioux||WCHA||43||19||32||51||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||North Dakota Fighting Sioux||WCHA||38||24||27||51||62||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||North Dakota Fighting Sioux||WCHA||38||28||41||69||49||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Orlando Solar Bears||IHL||5||3||5||8||6||13||3||4||7||20|
|1998–99||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||1||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||Long Beach Ice Dogs||IHL||7||3||6||9||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||64||5||18||23||26||3||0||0||0||0|
|2000–01||Lowell Lock Monsters||AHL||2||0||1||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||17||1||3||4||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||New York Islanders||NHL||30||4||8||12||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||New York Islanders||NHL||82||8||10||18||36||7||0||1||1||13|
|2002–03||New York Islanders||NHL||81||25||30||55||58||5||0||1||1||2|
|2003–04||New York Islanders||NHL||75||22||25||47||56||4||2||0||2||2|
|2005–06||New York Islanders||NHL||76||28||29||57||60||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New York Islanders||NHL||82||40||29||69||34||5||1||2||3||2|
|2007–08||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||82||15||37||52||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||78||25||38||63||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||56||10||16||26||26||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|All-CCHA Rookie Team||1994-95|
|All-WCHA First Team||1996–97|
|All-WCHA First Team||1997–98|
|AHCA West Second-Team All-American||1997–98|
|WCHA All-Tournament Team||1998|||
|All-WCHA First Team||1998–99|
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||1998–99|
- 1993–94: Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award (USHL)
- 2006–07: Played in All-Star Game (NHL)
- 2007–08: Won the Bill Masterton Trophy (NHL)
- Interview with New York Newsday
- Toronto Maple Leafs: Statement from Jason Blake regarding his condition
- "Blake, Pisani, Chelios finalists for NHL's Masterton Trophy". CBC Sports. 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
- "Ducks trade Jean-Sebastien Giguere to Toronto". Los Angeles Times. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
- "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- "Dave Tyler Award winners". United States Hockey League. 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
- Jason Blake's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Jason Blake's player profile at NHL.com
- Scoring Goals for Cancer Control
|Awards and achievements|
|WCHA Player of the Year
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy