Jason Bonsignore

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Jason Bonsignore
Born (1976-04-15) April 15, 1976 (age 38)
Rochester, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Edmonton Oilers
Tampa Bay Lightning
AHL
Cape Breton Oilers
Hamilton Bulldogs
St. John's Maple Leafs
Springfield Falcons
Lowell Lock Monsters
IHL
San Antonio Dragons
Cleveland Lumberjacks
ECHL
South Carolina Stingrays
Las Vegas Wranglers
Fresno Falcons
Trenton Devils
FNL
Pelicans
Ilves
Swiss-B
EHC Biel
NHL Draft 4th overall, 1994
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1994–2008

Jason Bonsignore (born April 15, 1976) is a former professional ice hockey forward and speedway promoter and racer. As a hockey player, he was drafted in the first round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, 4th overall, by the Edmonton Oilers, as one of the team's two first-round picks that year (the other was Ryan Smyth two picks later).

Playing career[edit]

Bonsignore was drafted from the OHL's Niagara Falls Thunder. While playing for the Oilers AHL farm team in the 1997-98 season, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was Tampa Bay's leading rookie scorer his first year while also earning IHL player of the week (Rob Capellupo Award) recognition during a short stay with Tampa's farm team in Cleveland. In his 1998-99 season with Tampa he finished the year as a regular with the Lightning.

Not given a qualifying offer by the Lightning, Bonsignore became an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization for the 1999-2000 season. He was a late cut at training camp and was assigned to their AHL farm team in St John's. Bonsignore suffered a season-ending ankle injury mid season, and asked for a release.

He chose to sit out the next two years for personal reasons, then returned in the 2002-03 season to play with the AHL franchises in Springfield and Lowell. He tried out with the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers in 2003 but was released towards the end of training camp [1].

From the 2003-04 through the 2007-08 seasons, Bonsignore played hockey in the ECHL, Switzerland, Finland and Norway.

In 2007–08, Bonsignore returned to North America, where he tried to rehabilitate from a groin injury suffered in Norway while playing a few games with the Fresno Falcons. At the time the New Jersey Devils signed him for their farm team, the Trenton Devils, where he finished the year. Bonsignore has not played since.

Bonsignore only played 79 NHL games in all, while the team's second first-round pick in 1994, Ryan Smyth, played 1,270 games in the NHL.

Jason Bonsignore is currently head coach of the Rochester RedWings Squirt AA travel hockey team.

Transactions[edit]

  • December 30, 1997 – Edmonton trades Bonsignore, Bryan Marchment and Steve Kelly to Tampa Bay in exchange for Roman Hamrlík and the rights to Paul Comrie.
  • July 15, 1999 – Toronto signs Bonsignore
  • December 13, 2002 – Phoenix signs Bonsignore
  • September 21, 2003 – Atlanta releases Bonsignore from NHL tryout during training camp

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Newmarket Royals OHL 66 22 20 42 6 7 0 3 3 0
1993–94 Newmarket Royals OHL 17 7 17 24 22
1993–94 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 41 15 47 62 41
1994–95 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 26 12 21 33 51
1994–95 Sudbury Wolves OHL 23 15 14 29 45 17 13 10 23 12
1994–95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 1 1 0 1 0
1995–96 Sudbury Wolves OHL 18 10 16 26 37
1995–96 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 12 1 4 5 12
1995–96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 20 0 2 2 4
1996–97 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 78 21 33 54 78 7 0 0 0 2
1997–98 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 8 0 2 2 14
1997–98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 35 2 8 10 22
1997–98 San Antonio Dragons IHL 22 3 8 11 34
1997–98 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 6 4 0 4 32 8 1 1 2 20
1998–99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 23 0 3 3 8
1998–99 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 48 14 19 33 68
1999–00 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 29 6 13 19 30
2002–03 Springfield Falcons AHL 37 9 12 21 39
2002–03 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 12 1 4 5 8
2003–04 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 5 2 5 7 2
2003–04 Biel Swiss 9 9 3 12 6
2004–05 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL 18 4 8 12 51
2005–06 Pelicans SM-liiga 7 4 1 5 18
2005–06 Ilves SM-liiga 4 0 1 1 4
2007–08 Fresno Falcons ECHL 7 0 2 2 10
2007–08 Trenton Devils ECHL 21 1 10 11 24
NHL totals 79 3 13 16 34

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Preceded by
Nick Stajduhar
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
1994
Succeeded by
Ryan Smyth