Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dane Jackson
A strong skater with a physical presence, Dane Jackson came out of college hockey with the potential to be a useful power forward. During his first six years as a pro, he see-sawed between the minors and the NHL and became known as a solid role player.

Born in Castlegar, B.C., Jackson starred on the hometown entry in the Kootennay International Hockey League in 1986-87. The next year NHL scouts inadvertently stumbled upon him when he was playing for the Vernon Lakers of the BCJHL. College recruiters and pro scouts were on hand one night to study other prospects when they realized Jackson was the best player on either team. One scout commented, "He's an awkward looking kid, tall and thin. He's gangly but you can tell he's going to fill out. He plays a tough style. He's a strong skater who plays pretty well on both offence and defence." That year Jackson finished as the 45th rated prospect according to Central Scouting after being unrated in the mid-season report.

The Vancouver Canucks chose Jackson 44th overall in the 1988 Entry Draft, then watched his progress over the next four seasons at the University of North Dakota. Between 1993-94 and 1997-98 his pro career took on the same pattern each year with a handful of games in the NHL but the bulk of his time spent in the AHL. In addition to Vancouver, Jackson spent time with the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders. In 1996, he helped the Sabres' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, win the Calder Cup.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Castlegar Rebels KIJHL 39 22 38 60 53
1986-87 Castlegar Rebels KIJHL
1987-88 Vernon Lakers BCJHL 49 24 30 54 95 13 7 10 17 49
1988-89 University of North Dakota WCHA 30 4 5 9 33
1989-90 University of North Dakota WCHA 44 15 11 26 56
1990-91 University of North Dakota WCHA 37 17 9 26 79
1991-92 University of North Dakota WCHA 39 23 19 42 81
1992-93 Hamilton Canucks AHL 68 23 20 43 59
1993-94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 5 1 6 9 +3
1993-94 Hamilton Canucks AHL 60 25 35 60 75 4 2 2 4 16
1994-95 Syracuse Crunch AHL 78 30 28 58 162
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 1 0 1 4 0 6 0 0 0 10
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 22 5 4 9 41 +3
1995-96 Rochester Americans AHL 50 27 19 46 132 19 4 6 10 53
1996-97 Rochester Americans AHL 78 24 34 58 111 10 7 4 11 14
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 8 1 1 2 4 +1
1997-98 Rochester Americans AHL 28 10 13 23 55 +1 3 2 2 4 4
1998-99 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 80 16 27 43 103 +1 3 0 1 1 16
1999-00 Rochester Americans AHL 21 6 9 15 8 0
2000-01 Rochester Americans AHL 69 16 12 28 104 -8 4 1 1 2 4
2001-02 Manchester Monarchs AHL 76 16 21 37 93 +7 5 1 0 1 9
2002-03 Manchester Monarchs AHL 63 6 14 20 80 +5 3 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 45 12 6 18 58 6 0 0 0 10


Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, September 20, 1995. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 21, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Rochester (AHL), August 29, 1999.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to knee injury vs. Springfield (AHL), January 21, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Manchester (AHL), September 7, 2001.
Officially announced retirement and named assistant coach by Milwaukee (AHL), July 3, 2003.
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