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Ask the Sharks: Jed Ortmeyer

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Monday, 03.15.2010 / 7:52 PM / 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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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