Once a top North American prospect, defenceman Jason Herter only made into one NHL game during his career. He was a mobile player who could pass well, play the point on the powerplay and take the body in his own zone. His success came in college and the minors, especially the IHL.
Born in Hafford, Saskatchewan, Herter spent three years at the University of North Dakota and helped Canada win the 1990 World Junior Championship. Midway through the 1988-89 season he drew attention to himself when the NHL's Central Scouting listed him as the top ranking North American amateur available in the upcoming draft. Towards the end of the season his stock dropped but he was still picked eighth overall by the Vancouver Canucks.
Herter finished out his career with the Fighting Sioux and was named to the WCHA second all-star team in 1990 and 1991. He then notched 25 points in 56 games as a rookie pro with the Milwaukee Admirals of the IHL in 1991-92. Herter was never able to make the Canucks out of training camp and was relegated to Hamilton of the AHL in 1992-93.
The young rearguard signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars in August, 1993 but was strictly a farmhand with the Kalamazoo Wings of the "I" for two seasons. Prior to the 1995-96 season he was traded to the New York Islanders for cash and registered an assist in his only big league game. He returned to the minors and spent the next three years in the IHL before heading to Germany to continue his career with EV Landshut and the Munich Barons.