Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jason Allison
Centre Jason Allison was a junior standout whose immense potential was finally realized a few years into his NHL career. An impressive combination of size and skill, Allison had the pro scouts drooling while he starred in junior, but his development as a pro was slower than the Bruins ever anticipated. His fortunes rose after a trade sent him to Boston late in the 1996-97 season.

The native of suburban Toronto was one of the top amateur players in Canada during his three years with the London Knights of the OHL. The Washington Capitals drafted him 17th overall after he scored 118 points in 1992-93. He was returned to the amateur ranks the next year, where he exploded with a league-high 142 points, and scored nine points in seven games for the gold medal-winning Canadian team at the World Junior Championships. Allison was at his best with three assists in a 6-4 win over the Czech Republic.

Much was expected of Allison in 1994-95, but the combination of the NHL owners lockout and his questionable rate of development saw him returned to London. He averaged more than two points per game for the Knights, then scored 15 points in seven games while helping Canada repeat as World Junior champions, in Red Deer, Alberta. An offensive force and team leader as an alternate captain, Allison was rewarded with a place on the tournament All-Star Team. He was a dominant force in Canada's 7-5 win over the Czech Republic and 8-5 triumph over Russia. He also set up Eric Daze for the winning goal in the 43 win over Sweden that clinched the gold medal.

Allison had proven successful in the more offensive-oriented Ontario Hockey League and on the large ice surfaces at the World Junior Championships. However, the tight checking and physical rigor of the NHL was very different. He spent the bulk of 1995-96 in the AHL, continuing to have difficulty earning a place on the Capitals roster.

The next year, Allison started quickly by leading the Capitals in scoring during the preseason. He eventually saw more ice time and scored 22 points in 53 games before a trade sent him to the Boston Bruins. Big name players Bill Ranford, Rick Tocchet, and Adam Oates were sent to Washington, while the centerpiece for the Bruins was Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Jim Carey. As it turned out, Allison was a gem for Boston and Carey a tremendous disappointment with the Caps.

The following season Allison blossomed with 33 goals and the Beantowners returned to the playoffs. On January 8, 1998, he victimized the Phoenix Coyotes for his first NHL hat-trick. His 83 points at the end of the regular season landed him ninth place in the NHL scoring race.

In 1998-99, he proved that the previous year was not an aberration by recording 76 points. Allison also contributed eleven points in 12 playoff games as Boston reached the second round of the post-season for the first time in five years. On November 7, 1998, he appeared in his 200th NHL game in Pittsburgh. This was a momentous occasion for the young forward who earlier in his career seemed destined to remain in the minors.

The 1999-2000 season proved frustrating for Allison as he was hampered by a serious wrist injury. He tried to play through the pain and with reduced strength, contributing 28 points in 37 games before his season ended altogether to undergo surgery. Allison's importance to the club was underscored as he finished fifth in team scoring even though he played less than half the season.

The North York, Ontario native went on to play one more season with Boston before the Bruins decided to trade him to the Los Angeles Kings prior to the 2001-02. Upon his arrival with the Kings, Allison played parts of three seasons with the club, missing the entire 2003-04 season recovering injuries.
Following a washed out 2004-05 NHL season, Allison went on to sign as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs where he posted respectable numbers, 60 points in 66 games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 North York Rangers MTJHL 63 53 41 94
1991-92 London Knights OHL 65 11 19 30 15 7 0 0 0 0
1992-93 London Knights OHL 66 42 76 118 50 12 7 13 20 8
1993-94 London Knights OHL 56 55 87 142 68 5 2 13 15 13
1993-94 Canada WJC-A 7 3 6 9 2
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 2 0 1 1 0 +1
1993-94 Portland Pirates AHL 6 2 1 3 0
1994-95 London Knights OHL 15 15 21 36 43
1994-95 Canada WJC-A 7 3 12 15 6
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 12 2 1 3 6 -3
1994-95 Portland Pirates AHL 8 5 4 9 2 7 3 8 11 2
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 19 0 3 3 2 -3
1995-96 Portland Pirates AHL 57 28 41 69 42 6 1 6 7 9
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 53 5 17 22 25 -3
1996-97 Boston Bruins NHL 19 3 9 12 9 -3
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 81 33 50 83 60 +33 6 2 6 8 4
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 82 23 53 76 68 +5 12 2 9 11 6
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 37 10 18 28 20 +5
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 82 36 59 95 85 -8
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 19 55 74 68 +2 7 3 3 6 4
2002-03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 26 6 22 28 22 +9
2003-04 Los Angeles Kings NHL
2004-05
2005-06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 17 43 60 76 -18
NHL Totals 552 154 331 485 441 25 7 18 25 14


OHL First All-Star Team (1994)
OHL MVP (1994)
Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (1994)
Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year (1994)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1995) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2001)
Traded to Boston by Washington with Jim Carey, Anson Carter and Washington's 3rd round pick (Lee Goren) in 1997 NHL Draft for Bill Ranford, Adam Oates and Rick Tocchet, March 1, 1997.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to thumb injury vs. NY Islanders, January 8, 2000. Traded to Los Angeles by Boston with Mikko Eloranta for Jozef Stumpel and Glen Murray, October 24, 2001.
Missed majority of 2002-03 season and entire 2003-04 due to knee (October 29, 2002 vs. Atlanta) and hip (January 25, 2003 vs. New Jersey) injuries. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, August 5, 2005.
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