SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks announced today that defenseman Jason Demers
has been selected as this year’s PlayStation® “Sharks Rookie of the Year” in voting among a panel of Bay Area media. Demers will be recognized in a video presentation during tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes at HP Pavilion at San Jose. On behalf of the winner, Sony Computer Entertainment America will present a check for $2,500 to the Sharks Foundation and Demers will receive a PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system with a VIP pack of games.
"We've been partnering with the Sharks for more than ten years and we're thrilled by the opportunity to support local youth and other local community activities through the Sharks Foundation," said Ginger Kraus, Senior Director of Promotions for Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC. “We're always looking for creative ways to interact directly with our consumers and to extend the PlayStation experience, and we couldn't be more pleased with the great relationship we've built with the Sharks' team and community."
Demers, 21, has played in 50 games this season, posting 21 points (4 goals, 17 assists) along with 21 penalty minutes. His 21 points place him fifth amongst rookie defensemen, fourth in assists, while his plus/minus rating of +6 is 10th.
"It's nice to be considered for this award," Demers said. "We had a lot of rookies up this year and it's a proud feeling for me to be awarded with this."
He made his NHL debut on opening night Oct. 1 at Colorado. The defenseman scored his first career goal on Nov. 15 at Chicago and tied (Dan Boyle
and Doug Wilson) a franchise record for power play goals in a game by a defenseman with two vs. Minnesota on Jan. 30.
"He went back and forth between Worcester and San Jose and it's hard to do as a rookie," former Rookie of the Year d-man Marc-Edouard Vlasic
said. "I think he's done a great job here."
Demers also appeared in 25 games for the Worcester Sharks (AHL), registering 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) and a plus/minus rating of +7.
"Demers play a lot of powerplay and it's because the coaches have a lot of confidences in him," said Vlasic. "Like any rookie, it took him a few games to get use to the speed up here, but he has done well. He's holding onto the puck, making plays and isn't afraid to make mistakes."
The six-foot-one, 195-pound defenseman from Dorval, Quebec was originally selected by the Sharks in the seventh round (186th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to meeting the educational, social and cultural needs of our community, with a focus on health, education and character development for Santa Clara County Youth. It offers unique resources and financial support to those organizations that enhance the lives of local youth.PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE PLAYSTATION ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD:2009-10Jason Demers
2008-09 Tomas Plihal
2006-07 Marc-Edouard Vlasic
, Marco Sturm, Andrei Zyuzin