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Born May 29, 1975 (1975-05-29) (age 34),
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
Pro clubs Washington Capitals
Boston Bruins
Los Angeles Kings
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Draft 17th overall, 1993
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1993 – Present

Jason Paul Allison (born May 29, 1975) is a professional ice hockey centre who is currently an unrestricted free agent. Allison is most notably known for his former role with the Boston Bruins of the NHL, for which he briefly served as team captain.

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Playing career

Allison attended Humber Summit Middle School and Emery Collegiate Institute in North York, Ontario. His brother Todd also attended the same school. He played AAA Hockey with the Toronto Red Wings Hockey Club.

Allison was drafted 17th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals, after a stellar junior career for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

Allison played parts of two seasons with the Los Angeles Kings where, for a brief time, he teamed with former stars Žigmund Pálffy and Adam Deadmarsh. He has also played for the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals. His best season was 2000–01 when he had 95 points. Allison has played 552 games in his career, racking up 154 goals and 331 assists for 485 points. He also has 25 points in 25 career playoff games. Allison missed most of the 2002–03 season and all of the following season because of a neck injury and concussion.

Prior to the 2005–06 season, Allison signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth $1.5 million, with bonus incentives for good performance. Allison suffered a hand injury in a game against the Montreal Canadiens, and had to have surgery on his hand, which sidelined him for the remainder of the season. After the 2005–06 season, Allison became an unrestricted free agent. Toronto chose not to re-sign Allison because new head coach Paul Maurice and GM John Ferguson, Jr. did not feel Allison's poor skating abilities and age would be a proper fit for their new, young, fast-paced team.

Allison did not sign with a team for the 2006–07 NHL season or subsequently, despite rumours of multiple contract offers. He is now operating a horse farm north of Toronto.[1]

On August 28, 2009, Allison signed a try out contract with the Maple Leafs.[2]

Attempted comeback

Allison received an invitation to the Toronto Maple Leafs September 2009 Training Camp and trained with them through the beginning of the preseason. Allison had not played professionally since 2005-06, when he scored 17 goals and had 60 points for the Maple Leafs.

"He had some personal issues and some major physical issues at that time. He has solved all of those. In my mind, he is a guy who might give us a lift and he deserves that opportunity,"[3] says Brian Burke, the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In an interview after his first exhibition game back, Allison was as confident as ever. "I didn't contribute much, but that's to be expected, I'm just shaking the cobwebs off. I fully anticipate regaining my previous form as a point per game player."

Jason Allison's bid to make the team on a tryout ended up falling short. The training invite yielded a memorable moment, when Allison fought with the Philadelphia Flyers' Darroll Powe during an exhibition game and ripped his helmet in half with his bare hands.[4] It was not enough, however, and by September 28, Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson confessed that Allison was "out of the plans."[5]

Awards

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990-91 North York Rangers MTJHL 63 53 41 94
1991–92 London Knights OHL 65 11 19 30 15 7 0 0 0 0
1992–93 London Knights OHL 66 42 76 118 50 12 7 13 20 8
1993–94 London Knights OHL 56 55 87 142 68 5 2 13 15 13
1993–94 Washington Capitals NHL 2 0 1 1 0
1994–95 London Knights OHL 15 15 21 36 43
1994–95 Portland Pirates AHL 8 5 4 9 2 7 3 8 11 2
1994–95 Washington Capitals NHL 12 2 1 3 6
1995–96 Portland Pirates AHL 57 28 41 69 42 6 1 6 7 9
1995–96 Washington Capitals NHL 19 0 3 3 2
1996–97 Washington Capitals NHL 53 5 17 22 25
1996–97 Boston Bruins NHL 19 3 9 12 9
1997–98 Boston Bruins NHL 81 33 50 83 60 6 2 6 8 4
1998–99 Boston Bruins NHL 82 23 53 76 68 12 2 9 11 6
1999–00 Boston Bruins NHL 37 10 18 28 20
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL 82 36 59 95 85
2001–02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 19 55 74 68 7 3 3 6 4
2002–03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 26 6 22 28 20
2003–04 DNP — Injured
2004–05 DNP — Lockout
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 17 43 60 76
NHL totals 552 154 331 485 441 25 7 18 25 56
OHL totals 202 123 203 326 167 24 9 26 35 21

References

  1. ^ http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/articles/2008/09/06/cap_will_be_fit_for_kings/?page=4
  2. ^ http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Toronto/2005/10/17/1266166-sun.html
  3. ^ Mike Ulmer, "Ulmer Catches Up With Burke" NHL.com: Mike Ulmer's Blog http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=490631
  4. ^ Greg Wyshynski, "For Next Trick, Jason Allison will rip phone book in half." Puck Daddy: A Yahoo! Sports Blog, 20/09/2009 http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Video-For-next-trick-Jason-Allison-will-rip-ph?urn=nhl,190676
  5. ^ Canadian Press: "Leafs Lose Final Preseason Game" TSN.ca 9/28/2009 http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=292925

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Preceded by
Ray Bourque
Boston Bruins captains
2000–01
Succeeded by
Joe Thornton
Preceded by
Pat Peake
CHL Player of the Year
1994
Succeeded by
David Ling
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