Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jason Blake
Jason Blake was a high-school scoring star with the Moorhead Spuds in 1991-92, netting 30 goals and 30 assists in 25 games. From there he moved on to the USHL playing two years with the Waterloo Blackhawks and in his second year scored a symmetrical 50 goals and 50 assists in 47 games.

At the age of 21 and undrafted by any NHL team, Blake enrolled at Ferris State to get an education and play hockey. However, after just one year there he transferred to the University of North Dakota and according to rules had to sit out a season. He wound up playing three years with North Dakota surpassing the 50-point barrier each year. He was a WCHA First All-Star Team selection in each of his three seasons in North Dakota and in 1999 was the WCHA Player of the Year and NCAA West First Team All-Star selection.

In April, 1999 Blake signed a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Kings and in his one game that year scored his first NHL goal against the St. Louis Blues, which he says is definitely the most memorable moment of his career. He had a good training camp the following September and earned a roster spot with the Kings in 1999-00. He suited up for 64 games and had five goals and 23 points. While he was often called upon to handle many defensive responsibilities, the Kings had hoped he would produce more offensively. He played 17 more games in Los Angeles the following year before being traded to the New York Islanders in January, 2001.

In 2001-02 he played his first full NHL season, suiting up for all 82 Islander games, scoring eight goals and 18 points in helping the club secure a playoff spot. After his first full season with the Islanders and settling in nicely with the team, Blake entered the 2002-03 season looking to improve upon his offensive totals and improve he did, establishing career highs in all three offensive categories (25-30-55).

Coming off an offensive career high in 2002-03, Blake continued his strong play in 2003-04, and once the Islanders season came to an end, he was named to the U.S. World Cup team. After recording 57 points in the 2005-06 season, Blake tallied a career high 69 points the following season. In the summer of 2007, the 40-goal-scorer's stint with the Islanders would come to an end as he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Before the start of the 2007-08 NHL season Blake announced to the Toronto media that he had been diagnosed with chronic leukemia a rare, but highly treatable form of cancer. As treatments began, Blake would lose ten pounds. Nevertheless, Blake remarkably appeared in all 82 regular season games with the blue and white, notching 15 goals and 52 points. His club failed to make the playoffs that season and at the NHL awards he was given the Bill Masterson Trophy commemorating his perseverance and dedication to hockey.

On the international stage, aside from the 2004 World Cup, Blake represented his homeland at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

On January 31, 2010, Blake's time in Toronto would come to an end. He was traded to Anaheim along with goaltender Vesa Toskala in exchange for J.S. Giguere.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Moorhead Spuds High-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 Bulldogs CCHA 36 16 16 32 46
1995-96 University of North Dakota WCHA
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 United States WC-Q 2 0 1 1 2
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 1 0 1 0 +1
1998-99 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 5 3 5 8 6 +5 13 3 4 7 20
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 64 5 18 23 26 +4 3 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 7 3 6 9 2 +2
1999-00 United States WC-A 7 1 1 2 2 -2
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 17 1 3 4 10 -8
2000-01 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 2 0 1 1 2 0
2000-01 New York Islanders NHL 30 4 8 12 24 -12
2001-02 New York Islanders NHL 82 8 10 18 36 -11 7 0 1 1 13
2002-03 New York Islanders NHL 81 25 30 55 58 +16 5 0 1 1 2
2003-04 New York Islanders NHL 75 22 25 47 56 +11 4 2 0 2 2
2004-05 United States W-Cup 4 1 0 1 2 -1
2004-05 HC Lugano Swiss 7 2 2 4 4
2005-06 New York Islanders NHL 76 28 29 57 60 0
2005-06 United States Olympics 6 0 0 0 2 +2
2006-07 New York Islanders NHL 82 40 29 69 34 +1 5 1 2 3 2
2007-08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 15 37 52 28 -4
2008-09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 25 38 63 40 -2
2008-09 United States WC-A 9 1 3 4 4 +5
2009-10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 56 10 16 26 26 -4
2009-10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 26 6 9 15 10 -6
2010-11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 76 16 16 32 41 -5 6 3 1 4 0
2011-12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 45 7 5 12 6 -4
NHL Totals 871 213 273 486 455 30 6 5 11 19


USHL Player of the Year (1994) WCHA First All-Star Team (1997, 1998, 1999)
NCAA West Second All-American Team (1998)
WCHA Player of the Year (1999)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1999) Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (2008) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2007)
Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, April 20, 1999. Traded to NY Islanders by Los Angeles for NY Islanders' 5th round pick (Joel Andresen) in 2002 NHL Draft, January 3, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Lugano (Swiss), December 1, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 1, 2007. Traded to Anaheim by Toronto with Vesa Toskala for Jean-Sebastien Giguere, January 31, 2010.
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