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Jason Pominville
Jason Pominville 2006
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
186 lb (85 kg)
NHL Team Buffalo Sabres
Born November 30 1982 (1982-11-30) (age 34),
Repentigny, QC, CAN
NHL Draft 55th overall, 2001
Buffalo Sabres
Pro Career 2002 – present

Jason John Pominville[1] (born November 30, 1982) is a Canadian-American professional ice hockey right winger and the captain of the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing careerEdit

Pominville played junior hockey for the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). In his fourth and final year with Shawinigan, 2001–02, he amassed 121 points in 66 games – seventh in league scoring – and was awarded the Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player.

Pominville was drafted 55th overall in the second round by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Sabres' minor league affiliate, the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) until the 2005–06 season, when he earned a roster spot with Buffalo.

To begin the 2005–06 campaign, Pominville had initially been waived by the Sabres. Clearing waivers, he continued to play in the minors until he was called up a few months into the season.[2] He scored his first NHL goal on November 27, 2005 – a powerplay goal against Olaf Kolzig in a 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals.[3] Pominville quickly became an integral part of the Sabres line-up and finished the rest of the season with the Sabres with 18 goals in 57 games. In the 2006 playoffs, he recorded a hat trick in Game 2 of the first round against the Philadelphia Flyers.[4] Later in the Sabres' playoff run, he scored the series-clinching goal in the second round against the Ottawa Senators – a shorthanded effort in overtime of Game 5.[5] It marked the first time in NHL history that a playoff series was decided by an overtime shorthanded goal. Buffalo announcer Rick Jeanneret marked this occasion with a call that is now famous in Buffalo hockey lore: "Oh, now do you believe? Now do you believe? These guys are good, scary good!" The Sabres had qualified as the fourth seed in the playoffs after failing to qualify the previous three seasons.

After improving to 68 points the following season, Pominville made a name for himself in 2007–08. He scored at nearly a point-per-game with 80 points in 82 games. In the absence of departed co-captains Chris Drury and Danny Briere from the previous season, the Sabres utilized a rotating captaincy during the 2007–08 season; Pominville was named captain for the months of March and April.[2] At the end of the season, he was nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the league's most sportsmanlike player, along with Pavel Datsyuk and Martin St. Louis;[6] the honour was awarded to Datsyuk.

On September 18, 2008, the Sabres acknowledged Pominville's rise to prominence and signed him to a five-year, $26.5 million extension (taking effect in 2009–10). His existing contract saw him make just over $1 million per season.[2]

On October 13, 2010 his consecutive start streak of 335 games was broken due to the concussion he had received from Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson (who was suspended two games for the illegal hit) in the previous game on October 11, 2010, when he was checked into the boards head first and then removed from the ice in a stretcher.[7]

On October 6, 2011 in Helsinki, Finland he was named permanent Sabres Captain. He is the 13th full time captain in Sabres team history. [8]

International playEdit

Since Pominville has dual citizenship, he was eligible to play for either the United States or Canada in international tournaments. He is a dual citizen as a result of his father being Canadian and his mother being American (as in the cases of Brett Hull, Adam Deadmarsh and Brady Murray) but was born and raised in Canada. Pominville resides year-round in East Amherst, New York.

Making his international debut, he chose to represent the United States at the 2008 World Championships and scored 5 points in 7 games.[9]


Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 2 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 60 4 17 21 12 13 2 3 5 0
2000–01 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 71 46 67 113 24 10 6 6 12 0
2001–02 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 66 57 64 121 32
2002–03 Rochester Americans AHL 73 13 21 34 16 3 1 1 2 0
2003–04 Rochester Americans AHL 66 34 30 64 30 16 9 10 19 6
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Rochester Americans AHL 82 30 38 68 43
2005–06 Rochester Americans AHL 18 19 7 26 11
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 57 18 12 30 22 18 5 5 10 8
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 34 34 68 30 16 4 6 10 0
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 27 53 80 20
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 20 46 66 18
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 24 38 62 22 6 2 2 4 2
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 22 30 52 15 5 1 3 4 2
NHL totals 459 145 213 358 127 45 12 16 28 12

International statisticsEdit

Year Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 WC 7 2 3 5 0
Senior int'l totals 7 2 3 5 0


  1. Middle Name
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Buffalo Sabres winger Jason Pominville inks 5-year extension. Canadian Press (2008-09-19). Retrieved on 2008-09-21.
  3. Pominville's first NHL goal lifts Sabres over Caps. ESPN (2005-11-27). Retrieved on 2008-09-21.
  4. Diamos, Jason. "Sabres use 2 hat tricks to overpower Flyers", New York Times, 2006-04-25. Retrieved on 2008-09-19. 
  5. "Sabres bounce top-seeded Senators", USA Today, 2006-05-16. Retrieved on 2008-09-19. 
  6. "Datsyuk, Pominville, St. Louis are Lady Byng finalists", ESPN, 2008-04-24. Retrieved on 2008-04-25. 
  7. Associated Press (2010). Sabres RW Pominville leaves on stretcher. Buffalo News. Retrieved on 2010-10-29.
  8. Template error: argument title is required. 
  9. [1]

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Preceded by
Jochen Hecht
Buffalo Sabres captains
March and April 2008
(rotating captaincy)
Succeeded by
Craig Rivet
Preceded by
Craig Rivet
Buffalo Sabres captains
(full-time captaincy)
Succeeded by
Current captain

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