Jason Pinizzotto

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Jason Pinizzotto
Born (1980-01-13) January 13, 1980 (age 36)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
2.GBun team
Former teams
Bad Nauheim Rote Teufel
Schwenninger Wild Wings
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1996–present

Jason Pinizzotto (born January 13, 1980) is a Canadian-German professional ice hockey winger/centre. He is under contract with German DEL2 team Eispiraten Crimmitschau since April 2016.

Early career[edit]

In 1996, Jason began his career with the OHA Ontario Provincial Jr A Oakville Blades (OPJHL) as an underage player at 16 years old. He led the team with 21 goals adding 30 assists for 51 points in 47 games. It wasn't long before he caught the eye of several OHL Scouts who were keen on drafting him. By 1997 he was drafted in the 3rd round by the OHL Barrie Colts. During his first season with Barrie, he spent time with their affiliate team Couchiching Terriers and continued to rack up the points and show a dominating force on the offensive side. On returning to Barrie, Jason suited up to play but found limited playing opportunity.

In 1998, Jason went to the St. Michael's Majors where he finished the season with 10 goals and adding 14 assists for 24 points. Pinizzotto decided to return to Couchiching (OPJHL) where he finished his season with 8 points and 15 assists and 23 points in only 15 games. As a natural offensive player with a keen eye, accuracy and great hands, Jason remained with Couchiching and lit up the League with 140 Points in only 49 games having 54 goals and 86 assists.[1] He was one of the two top goal scorers with over 50 goals a season in the Ontario Junior Hockey League in his final year before heading to York University, Toronto.[2]

College career[edit]

At York, he received Rookie of the year honors. In the 2001-2002 season, he led the team to an OUA Mid-West Division Championship and took part in the CIS National Championships. In 2002, the York Lions took part in the Bell Cup for their first time in history. In 2003-04 OUA Championship and again by 2004 season the team once again won the Queen's Cup.[3][4]

After four years with the York Lions, with over a point a game 117 points in 102 games and earning his university degree, Jason left to play in the 2005-06 season in Germany.

Pro career[edit]

His first two seasons in Germany were spent in the Bundesliga for Bremerhaven based club BEV Fischtown Pinguins. He picked up 33 points in 31 games in his first season and 71 points in 52 games in his second season, which secured him a spot on the 2007-08 roster of the DEG Metro Stars, a member of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), Germany's elite league. Pinizzotto made 56 appearances for the Metro Stars that season with a total of 16 points, while his team reached the DEL playoff semi finals.[5]

In 2008-09 he signed with the Hamburg Freezers in the elite Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), but suffered an injury ending his season early after only 21 games.[6]

Pinizzotto spent four years with the Schwenninger Wild Wings organization in the German Hockey League (2.GBun) where he signed in 2009 as a free agent.[7] During his time with the Wild Wings, he played a total of 181 games capturing 168 points with 85 goals, 83 assists and 240 penalty minutes in regular season play. His stats remained high in playoff run in 51 games gaining 29 goals, 13 assists and 91 penalty minutes.[8][9]

Jason made headlines in Germany with his active offensive skills. His German descent makes him a fan favourite.[10][11]

He led the Schwenninger Wild Wings in the 2012-13 season with 25 goals and 22 assists in 48 games plus 9 goals and 3 assists in 16 playoff games. He has been one of the leading scorers in the league, showing tremendous leadership skills. Jason is an immensely important offensive role player.[12][13][14]

After spending the 2013-14 season with German second-division side EC Bad Nauheim, Pinizzotto signed with fellow DEL2 club Bietigheim Steelers for the 2014-15 campaign and had his contract renewed for the following season.[15][16]

In April 2016, he signed with another DEL2 side, Eispiraten Crimmitschau.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996-97 Oakville Blades OPJHL 47 21 30 51 49
1997-98 Barrie Colts OHL 24 3 0 3 7
1998-99 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 64 10 14 24 28
1999-00 Couchiching Terriers OPJHL 15 8 15 23 26
2000-01 Couchiching Terriers OPJHL 49 54 86 140 62
2001-02 York University CIS 26 14 20 34 18
2002-03 York University CIS 28 14 15 29 34
2003-04 York University CIS 24 15 20 35 14
2004–05 York University CIS 24 7 10 17 10
2005-06 Bremerhaven REV 2.GBun 31 23 10 33 0
2006–07 Bremerhaven REV 2.GBun 52 31 40 71 0
2007–08 DEG Metro Stars DEL 56 12 4 16 26 13 2 6 8 10
2008–09 Hamburg Freezers DEL 21 0 2 2 6
2009–10 Schwenningen ERC 2.GBun 38 20 16 36 40 13 5 2 7 4
2010–11 Schwenningen ERC 2.GBun 48 19 24 43 89 11 7 6 13 10
2011-12 Schwenningen ERC 2.GBun 47 21 21 42 73
2012-13 Schwenningen ERC 2.GBun 48 25 22 47 38
Totals 627 297 349 646 520 37 14 14 28 24

Personal life[edit]

Jason's brother Steve Pinizzotto spent time on the rosters of three NHL franchises, his brother Marc played for German Oberliga side EHC Erfurt in 2007-08.

Their mother's family come from Karlsruhe, Germany, their father's family is of Italian descent.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hockey DB Jason Pinizzotto". Hockey DB. 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  2. ^ "50 Goal Scorers". Ontario Junior Hockey League. 2001-06-13. Retrieved 2001-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Lions' taking a 'humble' approach to hockey championship". York University. 2004-05-25. Retrieved 2004-05-25. 
  4. ^ "Jason Pinizzotto". Euro Hockey. 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Jason Pinizzotto". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  6. ^ ""El Pistolero" setzt auf verspatete Volltreffer". Hamburger Abendblatt. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  7. ^ "Jason Pinizzotto wechselt nach Bad Nauheim". Eishockeynews.de. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  8. ^ "Jason Pinizzotto". Elite Hockey prospects. 2013-08-09. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  9. ^ "Schwenningen Jason Pinizzotto is a Red Devil". Ice Hockey DeL. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  10. ^ "Portrat Wild Wings - Sturmer Jason Pinizzotto". DiiVAPrincess92. 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  11. ^ "Jason Pinizzotto stellt die Serie fur den Serc auf 3:0". Schwabische.de. 2012-05-19. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  12. ^ "Jason Pinizzotto wechselt nach Bad Nauheim". Eishockeynews.de. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  13. ^ "Bad Nauheim verpflichtet Jason Pinizzotto". Wetterauer-Zeitung. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  14. ^ "Jason Pinizzotto changes to the climber". Eishockey Info. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  15. ^ "OHL Grad Jason Pinizzotto Signs With Bietigheim Steelers In Germany - OHL Alumni Central". OHL Alumni Central. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  16. ^ "Bietigheim Steelers verlängern mit erfahrenem Angreifer Jason Pinizzotto". www.eishockeynews.de. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  17. ^ KG, Chemnitzer Verlag und Druck GmbH & Co. "Eispiraten Crimmitschau verpflichten Stürmer Jason Pinizzotto". freiepresse.de (in German). Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  18. ^ "Im Porträt: Steve Pinizzotto". ehcrb. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 

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