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Born April 15, 1976 (1976-04-15) (age 33),
Rochester, New York, United States
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
N/A team
F. teams
Free Agent
NHL
Edmonton Oilers
Tampa Bay Lightning
AHL
Cape Breton Oilers
Hamilton Bulldogs
St. John's Maple Leafs
Springfield Falcons
Lowell Lock Monsters
IHL
San Antonio Dragons
Cleveland Lumberjacks
ECHL
South Carolina Stingrays
Las Vegas Wranglers
Fresno Falcons
Trenton Devils
FNL
Pelicans
Ilves
Swiss-B
EHC Biel
NHL Draft 4th overall, 1994
Edmonton Oilers
Career 1994 – present

Jason Bonsignore (b. April 15, 1976 in Rochester, New York) is a professional ice hockey forward, who is currently a free agent. He was drafted in the first round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, 4th overall, by the Edmonton Oilers. He was the highest draft choice in the history of the Oilers as of 94 but his career has always been overshadowed by that of Edmonton's other first round choice, two picks later at 6th overall, Ryan Smyth.

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Playing career

Bonsignore was drafted from the OHL's Sudbury Wolves, and remained in the Oilers organization until a blockbuster trade sent him to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played fairly well in Tampa Bay, finishing as the team's leading rookie scorer his first year and was IHL player of the week in one quick stint with Cleveland. In his second season with Tampa the team was sold twice and although he finished the year as a regular with the Lightning, like most of the rest of the team, he was not resigned in the off-season. Bonsignore then signed with Toronto and was a late cut at training camp the following year and ended up playing for St Johns but suffered two serious injuries around Christmas, the second injury was a season ending ankle injury, and asked for a release. At the time of his release he was second on the team in scoring. He then decided to sit out the next two years with personal problems and burnout. After leaving hockey for two seasons,he mounted a successful comeback in the AHL and signed with the Phoenix Coyotes, but was always unable to earn another NHL shot, although he was outstanding in a brief stint in Switzerland. He tried out with the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers in 2003 but was released towards the end of training camp [1].

Bonsignore sat out most of the 2004-2005 season to be with his pregnant wife, who was having complications, and to see what happened with the NHL lockout but decided to play in the ECHL with Las Vegas near the end of the year to keep in shape.

For the 2005–06 season, Bonsignore headed to Europe. He completed a tryout with the Pelicans in the Finnish SM-liiga, where he had a hat-trick in only his second game but subsequently signed on for another tryout with Ilves where there was a money dispute from the time he arrived. He moved on to play in Trondheim, Norway but suffered a seriously torn groin the first practice with the team which he continued to play on despite the team not paying the players all of their money. The groin became worse and worse to the point where he left and the team still owed him money and had not paid their players in full.

Bonsignore missed the entire 2006-07 season with complications from the groin injury.

In 2007–08, Bonsignore returned to North America, where he tried to rehabilitate for a few games with the Fresno Falcons. At the time the New Jersey Devils organization showed a bit of interest in him and Bonsignore was traded for future considerations to the Trenton Devils. He finished the year in Trenton but has not played since.

Transactions

  • December 30, 1997 - Edmonton trades Bonsignore, Bryan Marchment and Steve Kelly to Tampa Bay in exchange for Roman Hamrlik and the rights to Paul Comrie.
  • July 15, 1999 - Toronto signs Bonsignore
  • December 13, 2002 - Phoenix signs Bonsignore
  • September 21, 2003 - Atlanta releases Bonsignore from NHL tryout during training camp

Career statistics

    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 Swiss 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 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 79 3 13 16 34 -- -- -- -- --

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Preceded by
Nick Stajduhar
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
1994
Succeeded by
Steve Kelly
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