Jamie Hislop played college hockey for the University of New Hampshire where he led the ECAC in assists with 35 in 1974. That same year, he was drafted by Montreal, although he would never end up playing for the Canadiens. He returned to college the following fall and was named to the ECAC First All-Star team in 1975 and 1976, and to the NCAA First All-American Team in 1976.
In 1976-77, he turned pro when the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA signed him as a free agent. He played the next three seasons in Cincinnati and was claimed by Winnipeg in the WHA Dispersal Draft in 1979. Within days, his rights had been traded to Quebec, and it was with the Nordiques that he made his NHL debut in 1979-80. In his rookie season with Quebec, he played 80 games and notched 39 points. The following year, he was setting a great pace in terms of points - in 50 games with the Nordiques he had 19 goals and 22 assists. But in January he was traded to the Calgary Flames for Daniel Bouchard, and in 29 games with the Flames he had added another six goals and assists, to make 1980-81 his best NHL point season, albeit with two different teams.
The next two seasons he played a full schedule for the Flames, tallying 41 and 33 points, respectively. He had begun another season in Calgary when he suffered a career-ending eye injury in October 1983. He stayed with the Calgary organization for another year as assistant coach. He then decided to retire but apparently reconsidered just as quickly as he was back in the coaching business with Salt Lake by 1991. He spent two years with the Golden Eagles and then returned to Calgary, first as a scout and then as assistant coach.