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Jay Bouwmeester
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Jay Bouwmeester  #19

St. Louis Blues  Defenseman
NUMBER: 19 BIRTHDATE: September 27, 1983  (AGE 30)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Edmonton, AB, Canada
WEIGHT: 212 DRAFTED: FLA / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (3rd overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> If you're looking for a horse for your blue line, Jay Bouwmeester is your man. At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, he brings snarl, superior skating and a big shot from the point. And he brings them night after night. Through Jan. 5, he had played in all 39 Panthers games this season -- after playing in all 82 in each of the previous three seasons. <br /> <br /> What's more, on each night, he logs more ice time than anybody else. He led the League in ice time per game (27:28) last season and has played even more this season (27:41 per game). <br /> <br /> Destined for stardom from an early age growing up in Edmonton, Bouwmeester became the youngest player ever (16 years, 3 months) to skate for Team Canada at a World Junior Championship in 2000, winning bronze. He appeared in three more WJCs, winning gold in 2003, and was drafted third overall by the Panthers in 2002. <br /> <br /> In 2006, he represented Canada at the Olympics before enjoying his bust-out NHL season in 2006-07 when he scored 12 goals and was plus-23. He earned his first selection to an NHL All-Star Game that season, though he appeared in the YoungStars Game in 2003. And he continued his upward career arc last season by scoring 15 goals. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On possibly becoming a free agent at season's end: &quot;Realistically my only focus right now is my time here and that's it. At the start of the year there was a real sense of optimism here. There have been a lot of changes, but it's all been good. It took a while to sort things out, but we have been playing better of late. We're a team that has to work hard.&quot; <br /> <br /> On playing for Canada in the 2006 Olympics: &quot;This is pretty exciting. After our [last] game, I kind of sat back and realized what I was about to be doing. It's a lot of fun. Anytime you're involved with Canada and hockey, this stuff goes hand in hand. I don't think we would want it to be any other way.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Florida Head Coach Peter DeBoer: &quot;Jay is our best player. He's first on our team in scoring, first in the league in minutes per game. He's out there in all the key situations. We lean on him. He's a real horse. A thoroughbred.&quot; <br /> <br /> DeBoer on Bouwmeester's all-around game: &quot;To me, Jay's a great hybrid. I think he's one of the top 10 defensemen ... anywhere. He's one of the few guys you can play against [Alex] Ovechkin, you can play against [Vincent] Lecavalier, you can play against [Jason] Spezza. He's big and mobile. Because of his feet and his range, he can shut people like that down. His offensive game is starting to come along, as well. He's only 25 and he's only going to get better and better.&quot; <br /> <br /> Canada's Jarome Iginla on Bouwmeester replacing injured Scott Niedermayer for the 2006 Olympics: &quot;I said Scott was the best-skating defenseman in the NHL, Bouwmeester might be the second best. He's a natural skater, which is great on the big ice. He's quick and he's got a good reach and offensive ability and good international experience. He's a good D-man. He'd help the team.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://panthers.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&amp;page=NewsPage&amp;articleid=369065">Panthers and Bouwmeester Agree to Deal</a><br /> <br /> <!--<a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nbcbayarea.com/sports/hockey/Joe_Thornton_and_the_Game_of_Risk_Bay_Area.html">Bay Area Sports: The Game of Risk</a><br /><br>--><span class="txt14Strg">Career All-Star Game Statistics </span> <div style="border: 1px solid rgb(161, 161, 161); margin: 4px 0px; padding: 0px; float: left; width: 660px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" id="asstatsbox"> <table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" border="0" class="asstat"> <tbody> <tr class="headrw"> <td>SEASON</td> <td>TEAM</td> <td>Score</td> <td>R</td> <td align="center">GP</td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">A</td> <td align="center">PTS</td> <td align="center">+/-</td> <td align="center">PIM</td> <td align="center">PP</td> <td align="center">SH</td> <td align="center">GW</td> <td align="center">SOG</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2006-07</td> <td>East</td> <td>9-12</td> <td>L</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">-3</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">1</td> </tr> <tr class="totrw"> <td colspan="4">All-Star Totals</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">-3</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">1</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <script type="text/javascript">jQuery(function(){ jQuery('#asstatsbox').corner('6px'); });</script>
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