Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jay Bouwmeester
Jay Bouwmeester was born September 27, 1983 in Edmonton, Alberta. The first choice, 3rd overall selection of the Florida Panthers in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Bouwmeester is a graduate of the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers. The highly touted defenseman spent four seasons in Medicine Hat and was named to the WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star Team in 2001-02. Third amongst WHL defensemen in scoring (11-50-61) in his final year, Bouwmeester was named MVP of Team Tiger Williams at the CHL Top Prospects Game and was recognized as the fastest skater at the Top Prospects Skills Competition.

A three-time member of Canada's World Junior Team (2000-2002), Bouwmeester made his NHL debut with Florida in 2002-03. Playing in all 82 games with the Panthers, young rearguard tallied 16 points (2-14-16) as a rookie and was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team later that spring. In his sophomore season Bouwmeester was limited to 61 games, yet he managed to better his rookie season point totals, finishing with 20 points (2-18-20).

After establishing himself in Florida as a solid two-way defender, Bouwmeester's time with the Panthers would come to an end on June 27, 2009 when he was traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Jordan Leopold and a draft pick.

In his first year in Calgary Bouwmeester would fail to recapture reach the offensive totals he previously reached in Florida. Though still sound defensively, he only managed to record three goals to go along with 26 assists.

The following two seasons were much the same for Bouwmeester in Calgary. He continued to provide solid defensive play, but never reached the offensive heights that management and fans had hoped. On April 1, 2013, two days prior to the NHL trade deadline, Bouwmeester's time in Calgary would come to an end. He was traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Mark Cundari, Reto Berr and a pair of draft picks.

Aside from his three appearances at the World Junior Championships, Bouwmeester helped Canada capture back-to-back World Championships in 2003 and 2004, while being named the tournament's Top Defenseman at the 2003 tournament. After helping Canada win gold at the 2004 Worlds, the rearguard was a late edition to Canada's World Cup entry later that summer and was a solid performer on the blueline, as Canada defeated Finland to capture the title. He was welcomed back to Canada's World Championship roster in 2008, a tournament in which he captured a silver medal.

In 2014 Bouwmeester would return to Canada's national team. This time taking part in the Olympic Winter Games held in Sochi, Russia. Bouwmeester was part of defence corps that stifled opponents and led Canada to the gold medal. The Canadians would go undefeated in the tournament in large part due to their defensive play.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1998-99 Edmonton SSAC AMHL 32 14 29 43 36
1998-99 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 8 2 1 3 2 -7
1999-00 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 64 13 21 34 26 -24
1999-00 Canada WJC-A 7 0 0 0 2 +2
2000-01 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 61 14 39 53 44 -7
2000-01 Canada WJC-A 7 0 2 2 6 0
2001-02 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 61 11 50 61 42 -3
2001-02 Canada WJC-A 7 0 2 2 10 +11
2002-03 Florida Panthers NHL 82 4 12 16 14 -29
2002-03 Canada WC-A 9 3 4 7 4 +3
2003-04 Florida Panthers NHL 61 2 18 20 30 -15
2003-04 San Antonio Rampage AHL 2 0 1 1 2 0
2003-04 Canada WC-A 9 2 1 3 0 +5
2004-05 Canada W-Cup 4 0 0 0 0 +3
2004-05 San Antonio Rampage AHL 64 4 13 17 50 -22
2004-05 Chicago Wolves AHL 18 6 3 9 12 +4 18 0 0 0 14
2005-06 Florida Panthers NHL 82 5 41 46 79 +1
2005-06 Canada Olympics 6 0 0 0 0 +4
2006-07 Florida Panthers NHL 82 12 30 42 66 +23
2007-08 Florida Panthers NHL 82 15 22 37 72 -5
2007-08 Canada WC-A 9 0 0 0 4 -1
2008-09 Florida Panthers NHL 82 15 27 42 68 -2
2009-10 Calgary Flames NHL 82 3 26 29 48 -4
2010-11 Calgary Flames NHL 82 4 20 24 44 -2
2011-12 Calgary Flames NHL 82 5 24 29 26 -21
2011-12 Canada WC-A 8 0 2 2 0 +7
2012-13 Calgary Flames NHL 33 6 9 15 16 -11
2012-13 St. Louis Blues NHL 14 1 6 7 6 +5 6 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 764 72 235 307 469 6 0 1 1 0


WHL East First All-Star Team (2002)
NHL All-Rookie Team (2003) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2007, 2009)
Loaned to Chicago (AHL) by Florida (San Antonio-AHL) for cash, March 8, 2005. Traded to Calgary by Florida for Jordan Leopold and Phoenix's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Florida selected Josh Birkholz) in 2009 Entry Draft, June 27, 2009. Traded to St. Louis by Calgary for Mark Cundari, Reto Berra and St. Louis' 1st round choice (Emile Poirier) in 2013 Entry Draft, April 1, 2013.