Jason DeSantis

Jason DeSantis (born March 9, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who was most recently with Esbjerg Energy in Denmark's Metal Ligaen. He previously played with Nottingham Panthers of the British Elite Ice Hockey League and EC VSV of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL).

Jason DeSantis
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Born (1986-03-09) March 9, 1986 (age 34)
Oxford, Michigan, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
Metal Ligaen team
Former teams
Esbjerg Energy
Philadelphia Phantoms
HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
St. John's IceCaps
San Antonio Rampage
Hamilton Bulldogs
HIFK
EC KAC
HC TWK Innsbruck
EC VSV
Nottingham Panthers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Playing careerEdit

Prior to turning professional, DeSantis went undrafted playing collegiate hockey at Ohio State University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.[1] After a breakout 2011–12 season in the AHL scoring 43 points in 66 games with the St. John's IceCaps, he was signed as a free agent to his first NHL contract on a one-year, two-way deal with the Florida Panthers on June 14, 2012.[2]

Assigned directly to the San Antonio Rampage due to the ongoing lockout, DeSantis appeared in 28 games to start the 2012–13 season with the Rampagage before he was reassigned by the Panthers in an AHL trade to the Hamilton Bulldogs in exchange for Brendon Nash on January 3, 2013.[3] Upon the agreement of a new NHL CBA, the trade was formalized between the Panthers and Montreal Canadiens on January 14, 2013.[4]

On June 17, 2013, after three seasons in the AHL without NHL exposure, DeSantis left to sign a one-year contract with Finnish club, HIFK of the Liiga.[5] After one season with HIFK, DeSantis turned to the Austrian Hockey League agreeing to a two-year deal with EC KAC.

In his two seasons in Klagenfurt, DeSantis in a top pairing role, contributed with 43 points in 84 games before opting to return to North America after three seasons abroad as a free agent.[6] On September 27, 2016, DeSantis opted to continue his playing career in the ECHL, joining the Orlando Solar Bears on a one-year deal.[7] Prior to training camp, DeSantis opted for a release from his contract with the Solar Bears and returned to the EBEL, signing a one-year deal with HC TWK Innsbruck on October 10, 2016.

On 9 August 2019, DeSantis moved to UK EIHL side Nottingham Panthers.[8]

In February 2020, DeSantis moved to Denmark to sign for Esbjerg Energy.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 U.S. National Development Team NAHL 43 4 5 9 42
2003–04 U.S. National Development Team NAHL 10 1 1 2 4
2004–05 Ohio State University CCHA 42 4 5 9 32
2005–06 Ohio State University CCHA 24 2 4 6 30
2006–07 Ohio State University CCHA 37 5 20 25 50
2007–08 Ohio State University CCHA 41 5 15 20 38
2007–08 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 10 0 5 5 6 10 0 1 1 6
2008–09 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 56 1 16 17 12
2009–10 HC Bílí Tygři Liberec CZE 14 2 3 5 10
2010–11 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 45 6 21 27 38 15 1 2 3 18
2010–11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 19 1 4 5 8
2011–12 St. John's IceCaps AHL 66 11 32 43 58 10 0 3 3 8
2012–13 San Antonio Rampage AHL 28 2 7 9 22
2012–13 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 27 2 3 5 18
2013–14 HIFK Liiga 50 5 9 14 16
2014–15 EC KAC EBEL 37 4 15 19 20 9 0 5 5 10
2015–16 EC KAC EBEL 47 8 16 24 49 7 1 2 3 8
2016–17 HC TWK Innsbruck EBEL 43 5 13 18 16 4 0 1 1 2
2017–18 EHC Lustenau AlpsHL 34 10 30 40 43
2018–19 EC VSV EBEL 48 5 9 14 20
2019–20 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 30 2 9 11 6
2019–20 Esbjerg Energy Denmark 6 1 3 4 2
AHL totals 206 17 67 84 124 20 0 4 4 14
Medal record
Representing   United States
Ice hockey
IIHF U18 Championships
  2004 Minsk

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States WJC18   6 1 0 1 4
Junior totals 6 1 0 1 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IceCaps get King, DeSantis". cjob.com. 2011-08-04. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
  2. ^ "Florida Panthers sign D Jason DeSantis". Florida Panthers. 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  3. ^ "Nash, DeSantis trade places". American Hockey League. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
  4. ^ "Canadiens deal Nash to Panthers for DeSantis". The Sports Network. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
  5. ^ "Rico Fata and Jason DeSantis transfer to HIFK" (in Finnish). HIFK. 2013-06-17. Archived from the original on 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  6. ^ "Six outgoing from KAC" (in German). EC KAC. 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  7. ^ "Solar Bears ink veteran defenseman DeSantis". ECHL. 2016-09-27. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  8. ^ "190809 | DeSantis - Nottingham Panthers".

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