Jason Blake (ice hockey)
September 2, 1973|
Moorhead, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
Los Angeles Kings|
New York Islanders
Toronto Maple Leafs
|National team||United States|
He played for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Collegiately, he played one year at Ferris State University before transferring the University of North Dakota, and starred on their 1996–1997 National Championship team.
Blake was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Kings in 1999. In January 2001, he was acquired by the New York Islanders in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings, who received a conditional pick in 2002. Blake set career highs in goals and points during the 2005–06 season with 28 and 57, respectively. The following season he topped both totals, scoring 40 goals and 69 points. The 40th goal was scored against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 5, 2007.
Along with Islanders teammates Rick DiPietro and Mark Parrish, Blake was part of Team USA at the Winter Olympics held in Turin Italy in February 2006. Team USA was led by Peter Laviolette, his former coach with the Islanders.
Blake scored his 100th career NHL goal against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 31, 2006. The milestone 100th goal came on the power play late in the 3rd period.
At the end of the 2006–07 season, Blake became an unrestricted free agent. He was quoted in Newsday in February 2007 saying he would probably test the free agent market if not re-signed by the Islanders prior to the NHL trading deadline. Blake was neither traded nor re-signed before the deadline and on July 1, 2007, Blake signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs to a five-year contract worth US$20 million.
On October 8, 2007, Blake announced that he had been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, a rare but highly treatable form of cancer. He continued to play for the Maple Leafs for the rest of the season.
In Blake's first season with Toronto, he played in all 82 regular season games. He scored 15 goals and added 37 assists for a total of 52 points. While he managed a considerable number of points, he struggled to score goals all season, having over 300 shots on goal, easily a career high, but only 15 goals. He was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy at the end of the season for perseverance and dedication to hockey through the difficult times he faced after being diagnosed with cancer.
Regular season and playoffs
|1991–92||Moorhead High School||HS-MN||25||30||30||60||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||Waterloo Black Hawks||USHL||45||24||27||51||107||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||Waterloo Black Hawks||USHL||47||50||50||100||76||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Ferris State University||CCHA||36||16||16||32||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||University of North Dakota||WCHA||43||19||32||51||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||University of North Dakota||WCHA||38||24||27||51||62||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||University of North Dakota||WCHA||38||28||41||69||49||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Orlando Solar Bears||IHL||5||3||5||8||6||13||3||4||7||20|
|1998–99||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||1||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||Long Beach Ice Dogs||IHL||7||3||6||9||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||64||5||18||23||26||3||0||0||0||0|
|2000–01||Lowell Lock Monsters||AHL||2||0||1||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||17||1||3||4||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||New York Islanders||NHL||30||4||8||12||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||New York Islanders||NHL||82||8||10||18||36||7||0||1||1||13|
|2002–03||New York Islanders||NHL||81||25||30||55||58||5||0||1||1||2|
|2003–04||New York Islanders||NHL||75||22||25||47||56||4||2||0||2||2|
|2005–06||New York Islanders||NHL||76||28||29||57||60||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New York Islanders||NHL||82||40||29||69||34||5||1||2||3||2|
|2007–08||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||82||15||37||52||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||78||25||38||63||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||56||10||16||26||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998||United States||WC Q||Q||2||0||1||1||2|
Awards and honors
|Forward of the Year||1994|
|Player of the Year||1994|
|Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award||1994|||
|All-CCHA Rookie Team||1995|
|All-WCHA First Team||1997|
|All-WCHA First Team||1998|
|AHCA West Second-Team All-American||1998|
|WCHA All-Tournament Team||1998|||
|All-WCHA First Team||1999|
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||1999|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy||2008|
- "Islanders take advantage of struggling Blackhawks for another home win". cbssports.com. October 31, 2006. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
- "JASON BLAKE IS AN ALL-STAR!". NHL.com. July 12, 2007. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
- Interview with New York Newsday[permanent dead link]
- McGrann, Kevin (July 1, 2007). "Leafs sign free-agent winger Jason Blake". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
- Toronto Maple Leafs: Statement from Jason Blake regarding his condition Archived 2007-10-11 at the Wayback Machine
- "Blake, Pisani, Chelios finalists for NHL's Masterton Trophy". CBC Sports. 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
- "Ducks trade Jean-Sebastien Giguere to Toronto". Los Angeles Times. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
- "Dave Tyler Award winners". United States Hockey League. 2011-01-02. Archived from the original on 2011-08-07. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
- "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Archived from the original on 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2014-06-26.