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James Thomas Dowd (born December 25, 1968) is an American former professional ice hockey center who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for ten different teams over the course of 17 NHL seasons. Dowd, who won the 1995 Stanley Cup with his hometown New Jersey Devils, was the second New Jersey high school hockey player to make it to the NHL. He is also a frequent guest on NHL Live.

Jim Dowd
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Born (1968-12-25) December 25, 1968 (age 50)
Brick, New Jersey, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for New Jersey Devils
Vancouver Canucks
New York Islanders
Calgary Flames
Edmonton Oilers
Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Philadelphia Flyers
Hamburg Freezers
NHL Draft 149th overall, 1987
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1991–2008

Early life, high school and collegeEdit

Dowd helped Brick Township High School win the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association ice hockey title for the 1985–86 season.[1] In his senior year, he broke the national scholastic scoring record, finishing with a four-year tally of 375 points (189 goals and 186 assists).

Dowd was selected in the eighth round, 149th overall, by the New Jersey Devils in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He went to Lake Superior State University in the fall of 1987. In his four years with the Lakers men's ice hockey team, competing in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), Dowd was a prolific scorer, earning selections to the NCAA West Second All-American and CCHA Second All-Star Teams in 1990 and the NCAA West First All-American and CCHA First All-Star Teams in 1991. He was also named the CCHA's "Player of the Year" in 1991. He was a member of the Lakers's 1988 NCAA Championship squad.

Pro hockey careerEdit

New Jersey Devils and the Stanley CupEdit

After college, Dowd joined New Jersey's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate at the time, the Utica Devils. He became the first New Jersey native to play for the New Jersey Devils when he made his NHL debut during the 1991–92 season. He spent the 1991–92 and the 1992–93 seasons in the AHL, with single-game NHL appearances in both seasons. As a top scorer with the AHL's Albany River Rats (the Devils' subsequent AHL affiliate) in the 1993–94 season, Dowd made impressive appearances with the Devils, collecting 5 goals and 10 assists in 15 regular season games, and 2 goals and 6 assists in 19 games during their playoff run. The labor dispute shortened the 1994–95 season, which was further shortened for Dowd when a shoulder injury and surgery caused him to miss 35 games. However, the highlight of Dowd's career with the Devils came in Game 2 of the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals. With 1:24 left in regulation, he scored the game-winning goal, giving the Devils a 2–0 series lead over the Detroit Red Wings to take back home to New Jersey. The Devils completed the sweep at home for their first Stanley Cup Championship. Dowd became the first New Jersey native to both play and win the Stanley Cup for the Devils franchise.

Late 1990sEdit

On December 19, 1995, less than six months after helping the Devils capture the Stanley Cup, Dowd was traded (alongside a 1997 second-round draft pick) to the Hartford Whalers in exchange for Jocelyn Lemieux and a second-round pick in 1998. Later that same day, Hartford traded Dowd (alongside František Kučera and the same second-round pick in 1997) to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Jeff Brown and a fifth-round pick in 1998. Dowd would only play 38 regular season games and one playoff game for the Canucks.

On September 30, 1996, the New York Islanders claimed Dowd in the NHL Waiver Draft. He only played in three games for New York, spending the rest of the 1996–97 season with the International Hockey League (IHL)'s Utah Grizzlies and the AHL's Saint John Flames.

On July 10, 1997, Dowd signed as a free agent with the Calgary Flames. In the 1997–98 season, he played in 48 games in Calgary and another 35 regular season (and 19 playoff) games with the Saint John Flames.

On June 27, 1998, Dowd was traded to the expansion Nashville Predators in exchange for future considerations. On October 1, 1998, for the second time in his career, he was traded before playing a single game, this time to the Edmonton Oilers (alongside Mikhail Shtalenkov) in exchange for Éric Fichaud, Drake Berehowsky and Greg de Vries. Dowd appeared in one game with the Oilers during the 1998–99 season, spending the rest of the season with their AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. On September 7, 1999, as a group two free agent, he re-signed with Edmonton and played the 1999–2000 season with the Oilers, appearing in an NHL career-high 69 games.

2000sEdit

The next chapter in Dowd's career began on June 23, 2000, when the Minnesota Wild selected him during the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft. On March 4, 2004, after nearly four seasons with the Wild, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2004. After the season, Dowd became an unrestricted free agent and signed with Germany's Hamburg Freezers during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. Following the lockout, on August 5, 2005, he signed with the Chicago Blackhawks.[2]

On March 9, 2006, Dowd was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2006.[3] His brief tenure with the Avalanche ended after the 2005–06 season, with Dowd again becoming a free agent.

On November 2, 2006, after New Jersey Devils left winger Dan LaCouture cleared waivers, the Devils signed Dowd to a one-year contract. The contract paid Dowd the NHL minimum of $450,000. When Dowd returned to the Devils, he was forced to wear jersey #12, as John Madden wore his old #11. Dowd went on to score four goals as well as have his first career multi-goal game, against the Florida Panthers.

After the season ended with a loss to the Ottawa Senators in the second round of the playoffs, questions arose about the futures of such Devil's veterans as Dowd, who was scratched several times in favor of Rod Pelley. On September 11, Dowd announced that general manager Lou Lamoriello and the Devils were uninterested in offering him a contract and instead attended the Philadelphia Flyers' training camp on a try-out contract. He made the team and became a solid penalty killer and defensive center for the Flyers during the 2007–08, scoring his first goal with the Flyers against the Devils. Dowd was invited to the Flyers' training camp on a tryout basis again in 2008, he was released after the last game of the Flyers' 2008–09 pre-season, along with Bryan Berard, to allow rookie development, notably of Danny Syvret and Darroll Powe. On April 7, 2009, Dowd announced his retirement as a player.

Off the iceEdit

Jim Dowd's Shoot for the Stars Foundation holds an Annual Shore High School All-Star Hockey Game. The All-Star Games and other events hosted by Shoot for the Stars raise money for local families in need due to illnesses.[4] He also coaches ice hockey for the Red Bank Generals, a travel organization in his home state of New Jersey.

After his retirement from the NHL in 2009, Dowd was inducted into the NJSIAA Hall of Fame.[5] The following year, he was inducted into the Lake Superior State Hall of Fame.[6]

In September 2011, Dowd appeared at Mother Teresa Regional School in Atlantic Highlands as part of a fundraiser benefiting the American Red Cross. He spoke to students and players from the school, as well as shooting around with them before signing autographs.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1983–84 Brick Township High School HS-NJ 20 19 30 49
1984–85 Brick Township High School HS-NJ 24 58 55 113
1985–86 Brick Township High School HS-NJ 24 57 41 98
1986–87 Brick Township High School HS-NJ 62 53 115
1987–88 Lake Superior State University CCHA 45 18 27 45 16
1988–89 Lake Superior State University CCHA 46 24 35 59 40
1989–90 Lake Superior State University CCHA 46 25 67 92 30
1990–91 Lake Superior State University CCHA 44 24 54 78 53
1991–92 Utica Devils AHL 78 17 42 59 47 4 2 2 4 4
1991–92 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1992–93 Utica Devils AHL 78 27 45 72 62 5 1 7 8 10
1992–93 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Albany River Rats AHL 58 26 37 63 76
1993–94 New Jersey Devils NHL 15 5 10 15 0 19 2 6 8 8
1994–95 New Jersey Devils NHL 10 1 4 5 0 11 2 1 3 8
1995–96 New Jersey Devils NHL 28 4 9 13 17
1995–96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 38 1 6 7 6 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 New York Islanders NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Utah Grizzlies IHL 48 10 21 31 27
1996–97 Saint John Flames AHL 24 5 11 16 18 5 1 2 3 0
1997–98 Saint John Flames AHL 35 8 30 38 20 19 3 13 16 10
1997–98 Calgary Flames NHL 48 6 8 14 12
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 51 15 29 44 82 11 3 6 9 8
1999–2000 Edmonton Oilers NHL 69 5 18 23 45 5 2 1 3 4
2000–01 Minnesota Wild NHL 68 7 22 29 80
2001–02 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 13 30 43 54
2002–03 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 8 17 25 31 15 0 2 2 0
2003–04 Minnesota Wild NHL 55 4 20 24 38
2003–04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 14 3 2 5 6 11 0 2 2 2
2004–05 Hamburg Freezers DEL 20 4 9 13 12
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 3 12 15 38
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 18 2 1 3 2 9 2 3 5 20
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 66 4 4 8 20 11 0 0 0 4
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 5 5 10 41 17 1 2 3 4
AHL totals 324 98 194 292 305 44 10 30 40 32
NHL totals 728 71 168 239 390 99 9 17 26 50

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Yannis, Alex. "HOCKEY; No Weak Links for Devils, Including 2 Newest Players", The New York Times, December 19, 1993. Accessed October 11, 2007. "The only New Jersey native on the Devils, Dowd was drafted in the seventh round in 1987 out of Brick High School, but he went to Lake Superior State, where he scored 91 goals and led the team to the national title in the 1987–88 season."
  2. ^ "Blackhawks Sign C Jim Dowd". NHL.com. August 5, 2005. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "Avalanche Acquires Jim Dowd From Chicago". NHL.com. March 8, 2006. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Rotolo, Chris (August 22, 2015). "APP Hockey Classic: Dowd set foundation for tradition". usatodayhss.com. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  5. ^ Moretti, Mike (December 7, 2009). "Bobby Hurley, Jim Dowd inducted into NJSIAA Hall of Fame (High school Boys Ice Hockey news)". highschoolsports.nj.com. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Pink, Tom (June 30, 2010). "Jim Dowd and Doug Weight are inducted into LSSU Hall of Fame". lssulakers.com. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Lori Anne Oliwa; Christina Leslie (September 30, 2011). "Mother Teresa Regional School weaves together sports and service". trentonmonitor.com. Retrieved July 18, 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kip Miller
CCHA Player of the Year
1990-91
Succeeded by
Dwayne Norris
Preceded by
Darby Hendrickson
Minnesota Wild captain
October 2001
Succeeded by
Filip Kuba
Preceded by
Brad Bombardir
Minnesota Wild captain
February 2004
Succeeded by
Andrew Brunette