Jason Pominville

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Jason Pominville

Pominville with the Sabres in 2012.
Born(1982-11-30) November 30, 1982 (age 29)
Repentigny, Quebec, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShootsRight
NHL teamBuffalo Sabres
National team United States
NHL Draft55th overall, 2001
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career2002–present
 
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Jason Pominville

Pominville with the Sabres in 2012.
Born(1982-11-30) November 30, 1982 (age 29)
Repentigny, Quebec, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
PositionRight Wing
ShootsRight
NHL teamBuffalo Sabres
National team United States
NHL Draft55th overall, 2001
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career2002–present

Jason John Pominville[1] (born November 30, 1982) is a Canadian-born Franco-American professional ice hockey right winger and the captain of the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

Pominville played junior hockey for the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). In his fourth and final year with Shawinigan, 2001–02, he amassed 121 points in 66 games – seventh in league scoring – and was awarded the Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player.

Pominville was drafted 55th overall in the second round by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Sabres' minor league affiliate, the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) until the 2005–06 season, when he earned a roster spot with Buffalo.

To begin the 2005–06 campaign, Pominville had initially been waived by the Sabres. Clearing waivers, he continued to play in the minors until he was called up a few months into the season.[2] He scored his first NHL goal on November 27, 2005 – a powerplay goal against Olaf Kolzig in a 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals.[3] Pominville quickly became an integral part of the Sabres line-up and finished the rest of the season with the Sabres with 18 goals in 57 games. In the 2006 playoffs, he recorded a hat trick in Game 2 of the first round against the Philadelphia Flyers.[4] Later in the Sabres' playoff run, he scored the series-clinching goal in the second round against the Ottawa Senators – a shorthanded effort in overtime of Game 5.[5] It marked the first time in NHL history that a playoff series was decided by an overtime shorthanded goal.[citation needed] Buffalo announcer Rick Jeanneret marked this occasion with a call that is now famous in Buffalo hockey lore: "Oh, now do you believe? Now do you believe? These guys are good, scary good!" The Sabres had qualified as the fourth seed in the playoffs after failing to qualify the previous three seasons.

After improving to 68 points the following season, Pominville made a name for himself in 2007–08. He scored at nearly a point-per-game with 80 points in 82 games. In the absence of departed co-captains Chris Drury and Danny Briere from the previous season, the Sabres utilized a rotating captaincy during the 2007–08 season; Pominville was named captain for the months of March and April.[2] At the end of the season, he was nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the league's most sportsmanlike player, along with Pavel Datsyuk and Martin St. Louis;[6] the honour was awarded to Datsyuk.

On September 18, 2008, the Sabres acknowledged Pominville's rise to prominence and signed him to a five-year, $26.5 million extension (taking effect in 2009–10). His existing contract saw him make just over $1 million per season.[2]

On October 13, 2010 his consecutive start streak of 335 games was broken due to the concussion he had received from Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson (who was suspended two games for the illegal hit) in the previous game on October 11, 2010, when he was checked into the boards head first and then removed from the ice in a stretcher.[7]

On October 6, 2011 in Helsinki, Finland he was named permanent Sabres captain. He is the 16th full time captain in Sabres team history.[8]

Off the ice

Pominville has appeared in a video supporting You Can Play, a campaign dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports.[9]

International play

Since Pominville has dual citizenship, he was eligible to play for either the United States or Canada in international tournaments.[citation needed] He is a dual citizen as a result of his father being Canadian and his mother being American (as in the cases of Brett Hull, Adam Deadmarsh and Brady Murray) but was born and raised in Canada. Pominville resides year-round in East Amherst, New York.

Making his international debut, he chose to represent the United States at the 2008 World Championships and scored 5 points in 7 games.[10]

Awards

Career statistics

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1998–99Shawinigan CataractesQMJHL20000
1999–00Shawinigan CataractesQMJHL604172112132350
2000–01Shawinigan CataractesQMJHL714667113241066120
2001–02Shawinigan CataractesQMJHL66576412132
2002–03Rochester AmericansAHL731321341631120
2003–04Rochester AmericansAHL663430643016910196
2003–04Buffalo SabresNHL10000
2004–05Rochester AmericansAHL8230386843
2005–06Rochester AmericansAHL181972611
2005–06Buffalo SabresNHL57181230221855108
2006–07Buffalo SabresNHL82343468301646100
2007–08Buffalo SabresNHL8227538020
2008–09Buffalo SabresNHL8220466618
2009–10Buffalo SabresNHL822438622262242
2010–11Buffalo SabresNHL732230521551342
2011–12Buffalo SabresNHL8230437312
NHL totals5411752564311394512162812

International statistics

YearEvent GPGAPtsPIM
2008WC72350
Senior int'l totals72350

References

  1. ^ Middle Name
  2. ^ a b c "Buffalo Sabres winger Jason Pominville inks 5-year extension". Canadian Press. 2008-09-19. http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5iWxGYW1JnqVMWHaRm9cW50ZOhAxg. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  3. ^ "Pominville's first NHL goal lifts Sabres over Caps". ESPN. 2005-11-27. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=251127023. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  4. ^ Diamos, Jason (2006-04-25). "Sabres use 2 hat tricks to overpower Flyers". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/25/sports/hockey/25sabres.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  5. ^ "Sabres bounce top-seeded Senators". USA Today. 2006-05-16. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/cup/2006-05-13-senators-sabres-gm5_x.htm. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  6. ^ "Datsyuk, Pominville, St. Louis are Lady Byng finalists". ESPN. 2008-04-24. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3365147. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (2010). "Sabres RW Pominville leaves on stretcher". Buffalo News. http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/sabres-nhl/nhl-wire/article217677.ece. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  8. ^ Buffalo News. http://blogs.buffalonews.com/sabres/2011/10/sabres-name-pominville-as-captain.html. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Zdeno Chara, Jason Pominville, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres". You Can Play Project. http://youcanplayproject.org/videos/entry/you-can-play-team-captains-zdeno-chara-jason-pominville. Retrieved 6/22/2012. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Jason Pominville on NHL.com". National Hockey League. http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?page=PlayerDetail&playerId=8469506&service=page&tab=crst. Retrieved 2008-09-21. [dead link]
  12. ^ [POMINVILLE & ADAM SELECTED TO ALL-STAR GAME "POMINVILLE & ADAM SELECTED TO ALL-STAR GAME"]. NHL.com. NHL.com. POMINVILLE & ADAM SELECTED TO ALL-STAR GAME. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 

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Preceded by
Jochen Hecht
Buffalo Sabres captain
March and April 2008
(rotating captaincy)
Succeeded by
Craig Rivet
Preceded by
Craig Rivet
Buffalo Sabres captain
2011–present
Incumbent