Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jason Zent
Born April 15, 1971 in Cheektowaga, New York and regarded as a highly-touted player from The Nichols School in Buffalo, Jason Zent was the third selection, 44th overall, of the NY Islanders in the 1989 Entry Draft. He was also a member of the 1990 United States Olympic Festival Team and the 1990 United States National Junior team where he was the only high school player with that honour.

Zent spent four years (1990-1994) at the University of Wisconsin studying Business Management and as a member of the Wisconsin Badgers hockey team. While earning 1990-91 All-WCHA Rookie Team honours in his freshman year, the Badgers leading goal scorer in 1991-92 tied for the team lead in points and led them to the 1992 NCAA Frozen Four Final against Lake Superior State. After falling short in their attempt to capture their sixth NCAA Championship, the Badger sophomore was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Having never played for the team that originally drafted him (NY Islanders-1989), Zent was traded to the Ottawa Senators in the fall of 1994 where he spent his first two professional seasons as a member of the Prince Edward Island Senators of the AHL. Zent played his first NHL game in the 1996-97 season with the Ottawa Senators before being re-assigned to the AHL.

In 1997-98, Zent suited up for three different teams--the Ottawa Senators of the NHL, the Worcester IceCats of the AHL, and the Detroit Vipers of the now defunct IHL. Zent signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 1998, but spent the better part of the 1998-99 season with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL. He was called up and suited up for two regular season games with the Flyers.

Following the 1999-2000 season, Jason Zent had accounted for three goals and six points in 27 career NHL games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Depew Saints NYAHL 48 40 30 70 26
1985-86 Depew Saints NYAHL 55 50 23 73 24
1986-87 Depew Saints NYAHL 40 44 38 82 56
1987-88 Nichols High School High-NY 21 20 16 36 28
1988-89 Nichols High School High-NY 29 49 32 81 26
1989-90 Nichols High School High-NY 27 36 38 74
1989-90 United States WJC-A 7 1 0 1 4
1990-91 University of Wisconsin WCHA 39 19 18 37 51
1991-92 University of Wisconsin WCHA 39 22 17 39 128
1992-93 University of Wisconsin WCHA 40 26 12 38 92
1993-94 University of Wisconsin WCHA 42 20 21 41 120
1994-95 P.E.I. Senators AHL 55 15 11 26 46 9 6 1 7 6
1995-96 P.E.I. Senators AHL 68 14 5 19 61 5 2 1 3 4
1996-97 Ottawa Senators NHL 22 3 3 6 9 +5
1996-97 Worcester IceCats AHL 45 14 10 24 45 5 3 3 6 4
1997-98 Ottawa Senators NHL 3 0 0 0 4 0
1997-98 Detroit Vipers IHL 4 1 0 1 0 +2
1997-98 Worcester IceCats AHL 66 25 17 42 67 -3 11 2 0 2 6
1998-99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 64 13 13 26 82 +4 16 2 4 6 22
1999-00 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 11 0 0 0 22 +1
NHL Totals 27 3 3 6 13


NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1992) Traded to Ottawa by NY Islanders for Ottawa's 5th round choice (Bubba Berenzweig) in 1996 Entry Draft, October 15, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 28, 1998.