Jason Garrison with the Vancouver Canucks in 2013
November 13, 1984 |
White Rock, BC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
|Tampa Bay Lightning
Jason John Maxwell Garrison (born November 13, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Garrison played two years of Junior A with the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League, during which time, he earned a scholarship to play college hockey with the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Following his third NCAA year, he signed with the Florida Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2008. Garrison spent four years with the Panthers organization, setting franchise records for single-season goals and power play goals by a defenceman in 2011–12. In July 2012, he signed a six-year deal with his hometown team, the Vancouver Canucks. After two seasons with Vancouver he was traded to Tampa Bay, just prior to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Garrison was born and raised in White Rock, British Columbia, where he attended Chantrell Creek Elementary and Elgin Park Secondary School. He played minor hockey in nearby Semiahmoo Bay, as well as Burnaby and Aldergrove. Growing up, he also played rugby, volleyball and was an avid snowboarder. Moving away from home to play junior hockey in 2003, he lived in Nanaimo, British Columbia, for two years, before attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth on an athletic scholarship. During his NHL career with the Florida Panthers, he lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, while returning to a home in Downtown Vancouver in the off-seasons. Currently, Jason is dating actress Katie Cassidy from The CW's superhero TV series Arrow.
Junior and college
Garrison did not make the transition from minor to junior hockey until the age of 19. Joining the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), he played at the Junior A level for two years. Appearing in 52 regular season games in 2003–04, he recorded 7 goals and 27 assists as a rookie. A forward in his minor hockey years, Garrison switched to defence in his first junior year. Garrison went on to add 3 goals and 13 points over 24 post-season games as the Clippers won the Fred Page Cup as league champions and the Doyle Cup as Western Canada regional champions. Competing for the national title at the 2004 Royal Bank Cup, the Clippers finished last out of five teams. Garrison had three assists in four tournament contests. The following season, he improved to 22 goals and 62 points over 57 games, ranking second in team scoring. The Clippers finished first in BCHL regular season play, but were eliminated in the Fred Page Cup semifinals.
Earning an athletic scholarship, Garrison went on to play NCAA hockey with the University of Minnesota Duluth of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). In his freshman year, he recorded 3 goals and 12 assists over 40 games in 2005-06. In the following two seasons, Garrison struggled with injuries and recorded 3 points over 21 games and 14 points over 26 games in 2006-07 and 2007–08, respectively.
Garrison decided to forego his senior year of college after being offered a National Hockey League (NHL) contract with the Florida Panthers. He signed a two-year, entry level deal with the team on April 2, 2008. Turning professional in 2008–09, he was assigned to the Panthers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Rochester Americans. Within a month, he was recalled by the Panthers and appeared in his first NHL game against the St. Louis Blues on October 25, 2008. It was the only NHL game he appeared in that season as he was quickly returned to the minors. In the AHL, he scored 8 goals and 35 points in 75 games, ranking fourth among rookie defencemen in scoring.
Garrison split the season in 2009–10 between the Panthers and the Americans, scoring his first NHL goal in a 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on March 3, 2010. Playing in 39 NHL games, he scored 2 goals and 8 points, while also recording 3 goals and 19 points in 38 AHL contests. Forming a shutdown pairing with Mike Weaver, Garrison played his first full season with the Panthers in 2010–11. Appearing in 73 games, he totalled 5 goals and 18 points. With a -2 plus-minus while playing on the worst team in the Eastern Conference, Garrison was ranked by James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail as the league's second-best defensive defenceman.
Playing in his fourth season with the Panthers organization, Garrison was instrumental in the team's newfound success in 2011-12, while playing in a more offensive role on a pairing with Brian Campbell. On March 23, 2012, Garrison set a Panthers franchise record for most goals by a defenceman in a single season with his 16th goal in a game against the Edmonton Oilers. He surpassed the previous mark of 15 set by Jay Bouwmeester (2007–08, 2008–09) and Bryan McCabe (2008–09). His 9 powerplay goals also tied the team record held by Bouwmeester (2008–09) and Gordon Murphy (1993-94). Adding 17 assists, Garrison finished with 33 points in 77 games, helping the Panthers reach the playoffs for the first time since 2000. Playing the New Jersey Devils in the first round, they were eliminated in seven games. Garrison recorded a goal and two assists in four post-season games before sustaining a pair of lower-body injuries that sidelined him for the remainder of the series.
Becoming an unrestricted free agent in the off-season, Garrison signed a 6-year contract worth $27.6 million with the Vancouver Canucks on July 1, 2012. His $4.6 million cap hit constituted a nearly sevenfold increase of his previous season's $675,000 salary. In the months ahead of his free agency, Garrison went on record as being interested in playing for the Canucks, his hometown team. Due to the NHL lockout, Garrison's debut with his new team was delayed until February 2013. Upon the commencement of NHL play, his struggles to adjust with his new team were well-publicized, as he was taken off the powerplay unit and separated from his intended defensive partner, Alex Edler within the first month. He would find success with Dan Hamhuis later in the season, reprising his role as a defensive defenseman with a booming shot.
On June 27, 2014, Garrison was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning along with the rights to Jeff Costello and a 7th round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for a 2nd round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Regular season and playoffs
|2005–06||U. of Minnesota Duluth||WCHA||40||3||9||12||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||U. of Minnesota Duluth||WCHA||21||1||2||3||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||U. of Minnesota Duluth||WCHA||26||5||9||14||26||—||—||—||—||—|
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