|Born||April 15, 1976|
Rochester, New York, US
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
|Played for|| Edmonton Oilers |
Tampa Bay Lightning
|NHL Draft|| 4th overall, 1994 |
Jason M. Bonsignore (born April 15, 1976) is a former professional ice hockey forward and speedway promoter and racer.
Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.
In ice hockey, a forward is a player position on the ice whose primary responsibility is to score and assist goals. Generally, the forwards try to stay in three different lanes, also known as thirds, of the ice going from goal to goal. It is not mandatory, however, to stay in a lane. Staying in a lane aids in forming the common offensive strategy known as a triangle. One forward obtains the puck and then the forwards pass it between themselves making the goalie move side to side. This strategy opens up the net for scoring opportunities. This strategy allows for a constant flow of the play, attempting to maintain the control of play by one team in the offensive zone. The forwards can pass to the defence players playing at the blue line, thus freeing up the play and allowing either a shot from the point or a pass back to the offence. This then begins the triangle again.
Bonsignore was born in Rochester, New York. As a youth, Bonsignore played in the 1990 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Rochester.
Rochester is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in western New York. With a population of 208,046 residents, Rochester is the seat of Monroe County and the third most populous city in New York state, after New York City and Buffalo. The metropolitan area has a population of just over 1 million people. It is about 73 miles (117 km) east of Buffalo and 87 miles (140 km) west of Syracuse.
The Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament is an annual minor ice hockey event in Quebec City. The event was founded in 1960 to coincide with the Quebec Winter Carnival, and give an opportunity to players under 12 years of age to have international competition. The tournament raises funds for the local Patro Roc-Amadour foundation, and is mostly run by volunteers and a few staff. The event takes place each year in February at the Videotron Centre, and previously spent 56 seasons at the Quebec Coliseum. As of 2018, the event has showcased the talent of over 1,200 future professionals in the National Hockey League or the World Hockey Association.
Minor hockey is an umbrella term for amateur ice hockey which is played below the junior age level. Players are classified by age, with each age group playing in its own league. The rules, especially as it relates to body contact, vary from class to class. In North America, the rules are governed by the national bodies, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, while local hockey associations administer players and leagues for their region. Many provinces and states organize regional and provincial championship tournaments, and the highest age groups in Canada and USA also participate in national championships.
Bonsignore was drafted in the first round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, 4th overall, by the Edmonton Oilers, from the Niagara Falls Thunder in the Ontario Hockey League.[ citation needed ] While playing for the Oilers' American Hockey League farm team in the 1997-98 season, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning.[ citation needed ] He was Tampa Bay's leading rookie scorer his first year while also earning International Hockey League player of the week recognition during a short stay with Tampa's farm team in Cleveland. In his 1998-99 season with Tampa he finished the year as a regular with the Lightning.[ citation needed ]
The 1994 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Hartford Civic Center on June 28–29, 1994.
The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
The Niagara Falls Thunder was a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League from 1988 to 1996. The team was based in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Not given a qualifying offer by the Lightning, Bonsignore became an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization for the 1999-2000 season. He was a late cut at training camp and was assigned to their AHL farm team in St John's. Bonsignore suffered a season-ending ankle injury mid season, and asked for a release.[ citation needed ]
The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Ltd. and are represented by Chairman Larry Tanenbaum. With an estimated value of US $1.45 billion in 2018 according to Forbes, the Maple Leafs are the second most valuable franchise in the NHL, after the New York Rangers. The Maple Leafs' broadcasting rights are split between BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications. For their first 14 seasons, the club played their home games at the Mutual Street Arena, before moving to Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931. The Maple Leafs moved to their present home, Scotiabank Arena in February 1999.
He chose to sit out the next two years for personal reasons, then returned in the 2002-03 season to play with the AHL franchises in Springfield and Lowell. He tried out with the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers in 2003 but was released towards the end of training camp .
The Atlanta Thrashers were a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta. Atlanta was granted a franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL) on June 25, 1997, and became the League's 28th franchise when it began play in the 1999–2000 season. They were members of the Southeast Division of the NHL's Eastern Conference, and played their home games at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta. The Thrashers qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs only once, during the 2006–07 season in which they won the Southeast Division, but were swept in the first round by the New York Rangers.
From the 2003-04 through the 2007-08 seasons, Bonsignore played hockey in the ECHL, Switzerland, Finland and Norway.[ citation needed ]
The ECHL is a mid-level professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey, with teams scattered across the United States and two franchises in Canada. It is a tier below the American Hockey League.
In 2007–08, Bonsignore returned to North America, where he tried to rehabilitate from a groin injury suffered in Norway while playing a few games with the Fresno Falcons. At the time the New Jersey Devils signed him for their farm team, the Trenton Devils, where he finished the year. Bonsignore has not played since.[ citation needed ]
Bonsignore later coached Rochester Red Wings minor ice hockey team,[ citation needed ] and signed to play with the Hamilton Steelhawks in January 2016.[ citation needed ]
|1993–94||Niagara Falls Thunder||OHL||41||15||47||62||41||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Niagara Falls Thunder||OHL||26||12||21||33||51||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Cape Breton Oilers||AHL||12||1||4||5||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||35||2||8||10||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||San Antonio Dragons||IHL||22||3||8||11||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||23||0||3||3||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||St. John's Maple Leafs||AHL||29||6||13||19||30||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Lowell Lock Monsters||AHL||12||1||4||5||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||South Carolina Stingrays||ECHL||5||2||5||7||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||South Carolina Stingrays||ECHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Las Vegas Wranglers||ECHL||18||4||8||12||51||—||—||—||—||—|
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| Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick |