Ottawa Senators Hockey Club

Ottawa Senators Hockey Club

July 08, 2008 15:46 ET

Ottawa Senators Sign Defenceman Jason Smith to a Two-year Contract

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) - Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has signed defenceman Jason Smith to a two-year contract.

The 14-year National Hockey League veteran has acted as team captain in each of his last six NHL seasons, including 2007-08 with the Philadelphia Flyers and the previous five seasons with the Edmonton Oilers.

Smith played in 77 regular-season games for Philadelphia during the 2007-08 regular season, recording one goal, nine assists and 86 penalty minutes while leading the Flyers with 204 blocked shots and 142 hits. He added two assists, four penalty minutes and a team-leading 56 hits and 45 blocked shots in 17 playoff games during the Flyers' run to the Eastern Conference final last season.

The Calgary native has averaged 202 blocked shots per year in each of the last three seasons and is one of only three NHL players (Anton Volchenkov - 671, Smith - 608 and Niclas Havelid - 601) to block more than 600 shots since the start of the 2005-06 season.

Smith has recorded 168 points (40-128) while accumulating 1,052 penalty minutes in 945 career NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia. He has added one goal, 10 assists and 68 penalty minutes in 60 career playoff games.

The 34-year-old won a gold medal representing Canada at the 1993 world junior championship, where he played with current Senators forward Dean McAmmond. He was New Jersey's first-round pick (18th overall) in the 1992 NHL entry draft.

A technical sheet on defenceman Jason Smith is available at the following address:

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