Jason Bonsignore

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Jason Bonsignore
Born (1976-04-15) April 15, 1976 (age 42)
Rochester, New York, US
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Tampa Bay Lightning
National team  United States
NHL Draft 4th overall, 1994
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1994–2008

Jason M. Bonsignore (born April 15, 1976) is a former professional ice hockey forward and speedway promoter and racer.

Playing career[edit]

Bonsignore was born in Rochester, New York. As a youth, Bonsignore played in the 1990 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Rochester.[1]

Bonsignore was drafted in the first round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, 4th overall, by the Edmonton Oilers, from the Niagara Falls Thunder in the Ontario Hockey League.[citation needed] While playing for the Oilers' American Hockey League farm team in the 1997-98 season, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning.[citation needed] He was Tampa Bay's leading rookie scorer his first year while also earning International Hockey League player of the week 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Bonsignore later coached Rochester Red Wings minor ice hockey team,[citation needed] and signed to play with the Hamilton Steelhawks in January 2016.[citation needed]

Transactions[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[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 HC Swiss-B 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-30.

External links[edit]

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