Jason Blake (ice hockey)

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Jason Blake
Jason Blake Oct 8, 2010 09.jpg
Born (1973-09-02) September 2, 1973 (age 41)
Moorhead, MN, USA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Los Angeles Kings
New York Islanders
Toronto Maple Leafs
Anaheim Ducks
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1999–present

Jason Wayne Blake (born September 2, 1973) is an American professional ice hockey forward who is currently an Unrestricted Free Agent. He most recently played for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

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.

Blake was named an all-star for the first time in his career during the 2006–07 NHL season. He went on to record 2 assists in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game.

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.[1] 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.

On October 8, 2007 Jason Blake announced that he had been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia a rare, but highly treatable form of cancer. Jason continued to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs for the rest of the season.[2]

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.[3]

In the 2009–10 season, Blake was traded to Anaheim Ducks along with Vesa Toskala for Jean-Sébastien Giguère on January 31, 2010.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
2004–05 HC Lugano NLA 7 2 2 4 4
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
2009–10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 26 6 9 15 10
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 76 16 16 32 41 6 3 1 4 0
2011–12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 45 7 5 12 6
NHL totals 871 213 263 486 455 30 6 5 11 19

International[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2000 United States WC 7 1 1 2 2
2004 United States WCH 4 1 0 1 2
2006 United States OG 6 0 0 0 2
2009 United States WC 9 1 3 4 4
International totals 26 3 4 7 10

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
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 [5]
All-WCHA First Team 1998–99
AHCA West First-Team All-American 1998–99

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Curtis Murphy
WCHA Player of the Year
1998–99
Succeeded by
Steven Reinprecht
Preceded by
Phil Kessel
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
2008
Succeeded by
Steve Sullivan