Jason Demers
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
BIRTHDATE: 06/09/1988
AGE: 28
DRAFTED: SJS: 2008-186 overall
Signed as a free agent by Oulu (Finland), September 15, 2012. Traded to Dallas by San Jose with San Jose's 3rd round choice in 2016 Entry Draft for Brenden Dillon, November 21, 2014.
2013-14: 2nd amongst team defensemen in scoring (34). Set a career high in goals (5) and points. Tied a career high with his fourth goal of the season on March 14 at NY Islanders. Tallied two assists on Feb. 27 at Philadelphia. Set a career high for points (25) with an assist on Feb. 7 vs. Columbus. Posted a four-game point streak from (ties career high) Jan. 4 at Colorado thru Jan. 9 vs. Detroit. Recorded two assists on Jan. 7 at Nashville. Scored a goal on Jan. 5 at Chicago. Extended point streak to four games (ties career high) with an assist on Dec. 29 vs. Anaheim. Tallied a goal on Dec. 23 vs. Colorado for his first goal scoring streak of his career. Scored his first goal of the season on Dec. 21 vs. Dallas. Set career highs in single game assists (3) and points (3) on Oct. 8 vs. the NY Rangers. Playoffs: Registered an assist and was plus-2 in Game 3 of the WCFR at Los Angeles on April 22.

2012-13: Played in his 200th career NHL game on April 9 vs. Columbus. Scored his first goal of the season on March 18 at Anaheim. Made his season debut and led the team with four hits on Feb. 2 vs. Nashville. Missed six games to start the season with an upper body injury suffered in the Spengler Cup, helping Canada win the gold medal. During the work stoppage, he played for Karpat in Finland’s SM-liiga and Team Canada in the Spengler Cup.

2011-12: Tied his career high with four goals on the season. T-3rd amongst Sharks defensemen in goals (4). Had a goal in two out of his last three games (2-0=2). Scored his first goal of the season with a powerplay tally vs. Chicago on Nov. 23. Recorded an assist and was a +2 in the season opener on Oct. 8 vs. Phoenix. Playoffs: Appeared in three games.

2010-11: Led Sharks in plus/minus (+19). 2nd amongst team defensemen in points. Surpassed his rookie season point output with his 22nd point of the season on March 17 vs. Minnesota. Primary assist on Thornton’s game-tying goal with 2:58 left in regulation on March 1 vs. Colorado. Registered his first goal and multi-point game of the season (2) at Philadelphia on Dec. 8. Activated off injured reserve and returned to action on Dec. 6 vs. Detroit. Missed six games due to upper body injury (11/24-12/4). Playoffs: Missed entire WCF series vs. Vancouver (lower body). Scored first goal in WCQF Game 4. Registered a game-high six blocked shots in WCQF Game 1.

2009-10: Selected as the PlayStation “Sharks Rookie of the Year” in a vote by Bay Area media. T- 4th amongst rookie defensemen in points. Recorded first fighting major on March 31 at Dallas (Mark Fistric). Tied the single-game franchise record for power play goals by a defenseman with two vs. Minnesota on Jan. 30, matching Boyle and Doug Wilson’s mark. Earned his first career point (assist) and was a plus-2 at Anaheim on Oct. 3. The goal scorer, Benn Ferriero, and the players who got assists, Demers and Frazer McLaren, all registered their first NHL career point on that goal. This was only the second time in the last 29 seasons that three players got their first NHL point onthe same goal. The last time it happened was on Oct. 4, 2007, when the Coyotes Daniel Winnik scored against St. Louis with assists from Martin Hanzal and Craig Weller. Split season between San Jose and Worcester (AHL). Playoffs: Scored first postseason goal, a power play tally, in WCF Game 1. Recorded first career postseason multi-point game (two assists) in WCSF Game 1. Recorded his first NHL postseason point with an assist in WCQF Game 5. Made postseason debut on April 14 in WCQF Game 1.

2008-09: Led Worcester (AHL) in plus/ minus (plus-15). Second amongst team defensemen in points. Scored first professional goal on Dec. 7 vs. Portland. Recorded two-thirds of a “Gordie Howe Hat Trick” in his professional debut with an assist and a fighting major (11 PIM) at Lowell on Oct. 11. Playoffs: Second amongst team defensemen in points.

2007-08: Led league defensemen in points (second on team) and assists (led team). Fourth on team in PIM. Participated in San Jose’s development camp as a tryout before the season.

2006-07: Second among defensemen on Victoriaville (QMJHL) in points. Recorded five goals and 19 assists in 69 games.

2005-06: Began the season with Moncton before getting traded to Victoriaville. Posted 19 points in 54 games between the two teams.

2004-05: Made QMJHL debut with Moncton.

PERSONAL: “Daddy” lists these favorites: Indian (food); Golf (sport besides hockey); UFC fighter Anderson Silva (athlete); Wedding Crashers (movie); Breaking Bad and New Girl (TV shows); The Weeknd and Mumford & Sons (bands); Japan (vacation spot); Pasta Ria in Los Gatos (restaurant); Scoring a goal in the Western Conference Finals against Chicago (hockey moment); Chicago (road city); Montreal Canadiens (non-Sharks jersey). Has a hidden talent of being a great dancer. His first job was a hockey instructor. Would be involved with medicine or languages if he was not playing hockey professionally.  If he could hang out with one person in history he would have a couple of drinks and talk with Bill Clinton. Says Adam Sandler would be the actor to star in a movie about his life. Can’t live without his TV. Consistently named by his teammates as one of the funniest players on the Sharks. Biggest influence on his hockey career was his parents. Says the most exciting player to watch in the NHL is Pavel Datsyuk. Says Scott Hannan would make the best coach and is the smartest teammate on the Sharks (“He thinks he is too”). In his hometown of L’Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec, he likes to hang out at the Cactus Bar and eat at Bamboo.