Friday the Thirteenth – Ode to the Jasons

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Fans of the “Friday the Thirteenth” series of movies are familiar with the fact that the main character in the movie series was named Jason Voorhees.  With Friday, March 13, approaching, NoVa Caps takes a look back at the players with the same moniker, who have played for the Washington Capitals. 

Jason Chimera
Position: Left Wing
Tenure with Capitals: 2009-10 through 2015-16

The first player who likely comes to mind for Capitals fans is left wing Jason Chimera (above), who was acquired in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets in late December 2009 and remained with the team through the 2015-16 season. Caps fans initially became familiar with Chimera when he was one of several players involved in a scrum with Alex Ovechkin in November 2009 while still a member of the Blue Jackets, that resulted in Ovechkin getting injured. Less than two months later, the Capitals had acquired him in exchange for then-captain Chris Clark.

Chimera became a popular player during his time with the Caps and spent time on the third-line, playing on either the first or second-line on occasion. Chimera ended up playing 492 games over nearly seven seasons with the team, his longest tenure with any team. Prior to his time in D.C., Chimera spent four season with his hometown Edmonton Oilers, and four more and part of another with the Blue Jackets. After departing the Capitals in 2016 in free agency, he spent nearly two seasons with the New York Islanders before he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks, a move that marked the end of his NHL career. Chimera played two seasons with the Capitals during which he scored 20 goals and another season in which he scored 15 goals. He finished his Capitals career with 82 goals and 115 assists, and 186 goals and 229 assists in 1,107 NHL career games.

One of his most memorable games in a Capitals sweater came during Game 4 of the team’s first round playoff series against the New York Rangers on April 20, 2011.  The Caps had won the first two games against the Rangers but lost Game 3 on the road.  Game 4 started off badly for the Capitals as they fell behind 3-0. However Washington clawed back to tie the game and force overtime, with Chimera scoring the game-winning goal. As a tribute to that moment, the Capitals’ pre-game video before Game 5 was a “Jason” style horror movie, “Nightmare in New York: Jason Takes Manhattan”.  The Caps ended up winning Game 5 to win the series.

Further Reading on Chimera
Looking Back at the Jason Chimera Trade|
Capitals Pay Tribute to Jason Chimera (Video)
Thank You, Jason Chimera! (Video)
Chiming Out? Caps’ Elder Statesman Likely To Move On
NYMag Story: Henrik Lundqvist’s Playoff Overtime Woes
New York Times: Game Story of 4/15/2011

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Jason Arnott
Position: Center
Tenure with Capitals: Post-trade deadline of 2010-11 season

Jason Arnott spent only a short time with the Capitals in his very long NHL career, but the time spent in a Capitals sweater was memorable. The Capitals acquired Arnott from the New Jersey Devils just minutes before the trade deadline in exchange for forward David Steckel and a draft pick. He played in just 11 regular season games for the team but provided great leadership while there and acted as mentor to both Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin. Arnott sustained a groin injury and missed eight games as a result.  In the games in which Arnott played, the Caps lost just once, in a shootout. The team’s overall record while Arnott was on the team was 15-3-1, with the Capitals finishing with the best overall record in the Eastern Conference.

In the playoffs, Arnott contributed a goal in Game 2 of the team’s first round series against the New York Rangers in 2011, in a game that the Caps won 2-0.  The other goal in the game was, coincidentally, scored by Jason Chimera.

Further Reading on Arnott
NHL.com Writeup of Arnott Trade to Capitals
Washington Post Story on Arnott April 12, 2011
CBS New York Writeup of Playoff Game 2
New York Times Story on Arnott

Jason Allison
Position: Center
Tenure with Capitals: 1993-94 through 1996-97

The Capitals drafted center Jason Allison in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft with the 17th overall pick. In 1993-94, he primarily played for his junior hockey team, the London Knights, but played in two games for the Caps and played in the Calder Cup Playoffs for their then-American Hockey League affiliate Portland Pirates affiliate. In 1994-95, he spent time with the Knights, the Pirates (including the playoffs), and the Capitals themselves. In both 1993-94 and 1994-95, he represented Canada in the IIHF World Junior Games. In 1995-96, he played primarily for Portland, but played 19 games for Washington. Allison finally became a full-time NHL player during the 1996-97 season.  However, that season marked the end of his tenure with the Capitals, as he was traded to the Boston Bruins at the trade deadline, along with forward Anson Carter, goalie Jim Carey, and two draft picks in exchange for forwards Adam Oates, Rick Tocchet, and goaltender Bill Ranford. Allison played in just 86 games with the Caps, scoring seven goals and recording 22 assists for 29 points overall.

Allison would enjoy the best years of his career with the Bruins. After the 1996-97 season, he played with the Bruins for four more years and scored over 30 goals twice.  He also played two years with the Los Angeles Kings and then after the 2004-05 NHL lockout, played one year with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

After retiring from hockey, he became CEO of Don Kee Productions, one of fourteen executive producers on the film Arkansas.

Further Reading on Allison
Hockey Hall of Fame.com Legends of Hockey: Writeup on Jason Allison

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Jason Doig
Position: Defenseman
Tenure with Capitals: 2002-03 through 2003-04

Jason Doig was born in Montreal, as the son of two immigrants from Jamaica who came to Canada for educational purposes. He originally signed with the original Winnipeg Jets and remained with the team during their move to Arizona, however, his time with the Jets/Coyotes organization was marked by injuries. After his tenure with the Coyotes, he played two seasons with the New York Rangers, appearing in a handful of games with them in both the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons.

The Capitals acquired Doig before the 2002-03 season, which he started with the Portland Pirates. However, he was recalled to the NHL, where played in 55 games on the season, and appearing in all six of the Caps’ postseason contests. Doig played in 65 games for the Capitals the following season, becoming a solid blueliner. Doig was an aggressive player who earned a two-game suspension for kneeing Kevan Adams of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Throughout his career, Doig was very active in charitable endeavors, particularly those showing a special concern for the plight of inner-city youth.  One season, he spent Christmas serving meals to 375 poor and homeless children. On Martin Luther King Day, he helped paint a children’s mural on the wall of a building in Benning Terrace

After the NHL lockout of 2004-05, he played in a variety of overseas leagues before calling it a career, after which he was involved in several business ventures.

Further Reading on Doig
Encyclopedia Education Entry of Jason Doig

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Jason Woolley
Position: Defenseman
Tenure with Capitals: 1991-92 through 1993-1994

The Capitals drafted blueliner Jason Woolley with the 61st overall pick in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft after he finished his freshman year at Michigan State. However, he did not join the organization until the 1991-92 season, during which he played 15 games with their farm team Baltimore Skipjacks, and one game with Washington. Woolley also represented the Canadian Olympic team that season; in eight games he earned five assists to help Canada capture the Silver Medal. The following season (1992-93), he played 29 games with the Skipjacks and 26 with the Capitals. In 1993-94, he played 10 games with the Caps and 41 games with their Portland Pirates affiliate. The season would prove to be his last one with Washington, as he signed with the Florida Panthers as a free agent after the season.

While he could never earn a regular role with the Capitals, he eventually became a full-time NHLer, playing with the Florida Panthers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Buffalo Sabres, and the Detroit Red Wings, with his most productive years coming with the Sabres. Following his playing career, he became a player agent.

Further Reading on Woolley
Sport Reference Entry on Jason Woolley
Caps Alumni Biography on Jason Woolley

Jason Marshall
Position: Defenseman
Tenure with Capitals: 2000-01

Jason Marshall played 13 games for the Capitals after being acquired from the then Mighty Ducks off Anaheim at the 2000-01 deadline. Prior to his brief tenure with the Caps, he had played with the Ducks for four full seasons and parts of three prior seasons. After the 2000-01 season, he played with the Minnesota Wild, the San Jose Sharks, and in a second tour of duty with the Ducks.

Conclusion

The Capitals have had six players in their history thus far named Jason (three forwards, three defensemen), with all six born in Canada. Chimera’s most notable years were with the Capitals, while two others, Jason Woolley and Jason Allison, started in the organization before becoming more prominent players elsewhere. Jason Doig, started elsewhere but finally became a full-time NHL player while with the Caps.

By Diane Doyle

About Diane Doyle

Been a Caps fan since November 1975 when attending a game with my then boyfriend and now husband.
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