Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Friesen
The native of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan Jeff Friesen played parts of four seasons with the WHL's Regina Pats. He scored 45 goals in 1992-93 and was named the CHL Rookie-of-the-Year. After scoring 118 points in 1993-94, he was chosen 11th overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. The talented youngster spent the first half of the lockout-shortened season in junior where he averaged nearly two points per game.

When the NHL season resumed in January 1995, Friesen joined the Sharks and scored 15 goals as a freshman. The young pivot was sufficiently impressive to earn selection to the NHL All-Rookie Team. In 1995-96, Friesen scored 46 points but was not taking advantage of his scoring opportunities. The Sharks missed the post-season and that made the young forward available for the World Championships where Canada won a silver medal.

Friesen broke through with 28 goals in 1996-97 but the Sharks missed the post-season. Friesen registered his first 30-goal season in 1997-98 and helped the improved Sharks qualify for the post-season. He continued to be a regular contributor to San Jose's offense but was traded to Anaheim in 2000-01 as part of the package assembled to acquire superstar forward Teemu Selanne.

Friesen's experiment in Anaheim was short lived as he was shipped to the New Jersey Devils in the summer of 2002. While Friessen registered a solid 23 goals for the defensive-minded Devils during the 2002-03 regular season, he exploded for 10 playoff markers in leading New Jersey to their third Cup title in nine years.

Following a lock out year in 2004-05, Friesen was dealt to the Washington Capitals just prior to the 2005-06 season and went on to play the better part of the season with the club before being re-acquired by Anaheim at the 2006 NHL trading deadline.

Friesen's return to Anaheim was short lived however as he would compete for only 18 games with the Mighty Ducks prior to signing as a free agent with Calgary Flames in the Summer of 2006.

On the international stage, Friesen is a two-time gold medalist with Canada's World Junior team (1994-1995) and has represented his homeland five times at the World Championships (1996, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2004), winning gold in 1997 and 2004.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Saskatoon Contacts SMHL 35 37 51 88 75
1991-92 Regina Pats WHL 4 3 1 4 2
1992-93 Regina Pats WHL 70 45 38 83 23 13 7 10 17 8
1992-93 Canada U-18 5 9 4 13 6
1993-94 Regina Pats WHL 66 51 67 118 48 4 3 2 5 2
1993-94 Canada WJC-A 5 0 2 2 0
1994-95 Regina Pats WHL 25 21 23 44 22
1994-95 Canada WJC-A 7 5 2 7 4
1994-95 San Jose Sharks NHL 48 15 10 25 14 -8 11 1 5 6 4
1995-96 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 15 31 46 42 -19
1995-96 Canada WC-A 8 2 0 2 6
1996-97 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 28 34 62 75 -8
1996-97 Canada WC-A 11 3 4 7 16
1997-98 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 31 32 63 40 +8 6 0 1 1 2
1998-99 San Jose Sharks NHL 78 22 35 57 42 +3 6 2 2 4 14
1998-99 Canada WC-A 7 2 2 4 0
1999-00 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 26 35 61 47 -2 11 2 2 4 10
2000-01 San Jose Sharks NHL 64 12 24 36 56 +7
2000-01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 15 2 10 12 10 -2
2000-01 Canada WC-A 7 1 3 4 6 -2
2001-02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 81 17 26 43 44 -1
2002-03 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 23 28 51 26 +23 24 10 4 14 6
2003-04 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 17 20 37 26 +8 5 0 0 0 4
2003-04 Canada WC-A 9 0 1 1 4 -1
2004-05
2005-06 Washington Capitals NHL 33 3 4 7 24 -11
2005-06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 18 1 3 4 8 -4 16 3 1 4 6
2006-07 Calgary Flames NHL 72 6 6 12 34 -2 5 0 0 0 2
2007-08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 5 1 4 5 0 +3
2008-09
2009-10 Eisbaren Berlin Germany 53 15 30 45 130 5 1 1 2 0
2010-11 Eisbaren Berlin Germany 30 5 9 14 12 11 1 4 5 2
NHL Totals 893 218 298 516 488 84 18 15 33 48


WHL Rookie of the Year (1993)
Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year (1993)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1995)
Traded to Anaheim by San Jose with Steve Shields and San Jose's 2nd round choice (later traded to Dallas - Dallas selected Vojtech Polak) in 2003 Entry Draft for Teemu Selanne, March 5, 2001. Traded to New Jersey by Anaheim with Oleg Tverdovsky and Maxim Balmochnykh for Petr Sykora, Mike Commodore, Jean-Francois Damphousse and Igor Pohanka, July 6, 2002. Traded to Washington by New Jersey for Washington's 3rd round choice (Kirill Tulupov) in 2006 Entry Draft, September 26, 2005. Traded to Anaheim by Washington for Anaheim's 2nd round choice (Keith Seabrook) in 2006 Entry Draft, March 9, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, July 5, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Lake Erie (AHL), January 14, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Eisbaren Berlin (Germany), August 30, 2009.