Ask the Sharks: Jed Ortmeyer
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The 31-year-old native of Omaha, Neb. signed a one-year deal with San Jose on July 16, 2009 and made his debut as a Shark on Oct. 1 at Colorado. Since then Ortmeyer has scored seven goals and added 10 assists in 67 games. Most recently, he scored eight points in the last eight games (three goals, five assists) and ranks fourth on the team in hits (104).
Ortmeyer’s NHL career began in 2003 when he was signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers. After four successful seasons at the University of Michigan, Ortmeyer played 58 games with the Rangers and 13 with their top American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolfpack.
Due to the 2004-05 lockout, Ortmeyer stayed in Hartford, scoring seven goals and 20 assists in 61 games. He returned to the Rangers for the 2005-06 season, but Ortmeyer’s life was drastically changed when he was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism on Aug. 14, 2006. Two weeks prior to his 28th birthday, Ortmeyer’s hockey career was in doubt.
Ortmeyer’s medical condition is a blood clotting disorder that occurs when one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked. It can occur in otherwise healthy people and can be life-threatening. However, thanks to prompt treatment, anti-clotting medications and a conditioning assignment in Hartford, Ortmeyer was able to return to the Rangers lineup on Jan. 2, 2007.
In 41 games with New York during the 2006-07 season, Ortmeyer notched 11 points (two goals, nine assists) and was the Rangers nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for his dedication to the game.
On July 2, 2007, Ortmeyer was signed as a free agent by the Nashville Predators. For two seasons, he played alongside Scott Nichol, notching four goals and four assists in 53 games. However, in his first season Ortmeyer tore his ACL for the second time in his career on Feb 23, 2008.
After rehabbing his knee for the remainder of the season, blood clots in his leg forced Ortmeyer to miss the start of the 2008-09 season. On Dec. 3, 2008 Ortmeyer was placed on waivers by the Predators and was later assigned to their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.
Ortmeyer and Nichol were up for free agency following the 2008-09 season and both were acquired by the Sharks over the summer of 2009.