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Ask the Sharks: Jed Ortmeyer

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Monday, 03.15.2010 / 4:52 PM PT / News
By Alison High  - Staff Writer
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Ask the Sharks: Jed Ortmeyer

Have a question for Jed Ortmeyer? Now’s your chance to ask it.

Ortmeyer will be the next player featured on our weekly segment of “Ask the Sharks.” To submit your question text QA<space>your question to 74499 or e-mail it to askthesharks@sjsharks.com and the top-10 questions will be chosen for an interview with the 6-foot, 200-pound right wing.

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.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
2 ANA 75 46 22 7 219 211 99
3 NSH 74 45 21 8 211 178 98
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 73 43 26 4 211 195 90
7 WPG 74 38 24 12 207 195 88
8 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
9 LAK 73 36 23 14 196 182 86
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 73 35 30 8 201 206 78
12 COL 73 33 28 12 196 205 78
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 74 22 44 8 154 246 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 73 35 31 11 66
J. Thornton 69 14 48 -3 62
L. Couture 73 23 35 -6 58
B. Burns 73 16 37 -4 53
P. Marleau 73 15 34 -19 49
T. Wingels 66 15 18 -5 33
T. Hertl 73 12 16 -3 28
M. Nieto 63 7 16 -11 23
M. Vlasic 68 8 14 10 22
M. Karlsson 44 13 8 -1 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 28 22 7 .914 2.60
A. Stalock 6 7 1 .903 2.65
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