Jeff Jillson

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Jeff Jillson
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Jillson blocking a shot in an intra-squad scrimmage while with the Colorado Avalanche in 2007.
Born (1980-07-24) July 24, 1980 (age 33)
North Smithfield, RI, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for San Jose Sharks
Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Lukko
HC Pardubice
National team  United States
NHL Draft 14th overall, 1999
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2001–2012

Jeff Jillson (born July 24, 1980) is an American former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League for the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres.

Playing career[edit]

Jillson was drafted 14th overall in the first round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks.

Jillson played for Rhode Island high school power Mount Saint Charles Academy, before moving on to the University of Michigan. He signed with the Sharks at the conclusion of his junior season, but did not leave Michigan until he graduated from college with a business degree. He played in the American Hockey League for the Cleveland Barons before being called up to play for the Sharks.

The Sharks traded Jillson to the Boston Bruins during the 2002–03 season, along with Jeff Hackett, for defenseman Kyle McLaren. He spent most of his season playing for the Providence Bruins. At the trade deadline of the 2003–04 season, he was involved in a three-way trade among the Bruins, Sharks, and Sabres. Jillson was sent back to the Sharks for Brad Boyes, then to the Sabres for Curtis Brown and Andy Delmore. He spent most of his time in the Sabres organization with their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. He played sparingly for the Sabres, but was inserted into their lineup during the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs to fill one of the holes on their blueline created by injuries to Dmitri Kalinin, Teppo Numminen, and Henrik Tallinder.

After spending a season in Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Jillson signed with the Colorado Avalanche as a free-agent in 2007, but spent the entire season in the AHL with the Lake Erie Monsters and never played for the Avalanche. In 2008, Jillson signed with HC MVD of the Kontinental Hockey League, was later released, and signed with Lukko of the Finnish SM-liiga.

On October 1, 2009, Jillson signed a one-year contract with HC Pardubice of the Czech Extraliga.[1] After an unproductive second season with Pardubice, Jillson chose to remain in the Czech Republic, dropping down a league to the 1. národní hokejová liga to sign a two-year contract with KLH Chomutov on June 27, 2011.[2] Jillson scored 12 points in 52 games to contribute to Chomutov's promotion to the Czech Extraliga, despite the success he left his contract and was released as a free agent on May 1, 2012.[3]

In 140 regular-season NHL games (as of the end of the 2005–06 season), Jillson recorded 9 goals and 32 assists, totalling 41 points.

Personal[edit]

Jillson's younger brother, Nicholas, was killed in a house fire on February 6, 2010.[4] In 2009, Jillson was the victim of a fraud case and was swindled out of $84,000 from the promises of motorcycle parts and a Mercedes. In July 2012, the conman was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and as a result is now pursued in a civil case by Jillson.[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
1998–99 U. of Michigan CCHA 38 5 19 24 71
1999–00 U. of Michigan CCHA 38 8 26 34 115
2000–01 U. of Michigan CCHA 43 10 20 30 74
2001–02 San Jose Sharks NHL 48 5 13 18 29 4 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Cleveland Barons AHL 27 2 13 15 45
2002–03 San Jose Sharks NHL 26 0 6 6 9
2002–03 Cleveland Barons AHL 19 3 5 8 12
2002–03 Providence Bruins AHL 30 4 11 15 26 4 0 2 2 8
2003–04 Boston Bruins NHL 50 4 10 14 35
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 0 3 3 19
2004–05 Rochester Americans AHL 78 12 17 29 46 9 1 1 2 12
2005–06 Rochester Americans AHL 73 10 20 30 94
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Berlin Polar Bears DEL 30 2 9 11 48 1 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 70 3 19 22 46
2008–09 HC MVD KHL 12 1 2 3 14
2008–09 Lukko SM-l 29 2 7 9 20
2009–10 HC Pardubice CZE 42 4 8 12 14 13 0 1 1 10
2010–11 HC Pardubice CZE 47 0 3 3 20 9 1 0 1 6
2011–12 KLH Chomutov CZE.1 52 4 8 12 24 15 0 2 2 6
NHL totals 140 9 32 41 96 8 0 0 0 0

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2004 Prague
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1999 United States WJC 8th 6 0 0 0 6
2000 United States WJC 4th 7 0 0 0 4
2004 United States WC Bronze medal icon.svg 9 1 1 2 6
Junior totals 13 0 0 0 10
Senior totals 9 1 1 2 6

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA Rookie Team 1998-99
All-CCHA First Team 1999-00
CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman 1999-00
AHCA West First-Team All-American 1999-00
All-CCHA First Team 2000-01
All-CCHA All-Academic Team 2000-01
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2000–01
Czech Extraliga Masters on the League 2009-10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pardubice ink Jillson" (in Czech). HC Pardubice. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  2. ^ "Chomutov add defensive armor in American Jeff Jillson" (in Czech). KLH Chomutov. 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  3. ^ "KLH immediately begin recruitment drive" (in Czech). KLH Chomutov. 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  4. ^ "Fire kills four adults and a baby girl". UPI.com. 2010-02-07. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Accused conman convicted, will serve 12 years in prison". WPRI.com. 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brad Stuart
San Jose Sharks first round draft pick
1999
Succeeded by
Marcel Goc
Preceded by
Mike Jones
CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
1999-00
Succeeded by
Greg Zanon