BLAKE EXCITED TO REPRESENT ISLES

Saturday, 01.13.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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BLAKE EXCITED TO REPRESENT ISLES
At the age of 33 Blake is finally coming into his own as an NHL star

It's taken some time, but Jason Blake has emerged as a premier NHL goal scorer. His accomplishments in the first half of this season have been rewarded with a trip to the 2007 NHL All-Star game to be played later this month in Dallas, Texas. But his path to the mid-season classic was no walk in the park.

"It's always special when you can be a part of something like this," said Blake to a group of reporters before Saturday's game against the Devils. "I got a late start in the league and it's been a struggle. This wouldn't have happened without my teammates and the coaching staff."

Blake wasn't given much of a chance to shine while playing in Los Angeles with the Kings for parts of three seasons. He would often play well in one game, but be a healthy scratch the next game.

It wasn't until he was acquired by the Islanders during the 2000-01 that he was given an opportunity to play on a regular shift, game in and game out. He took advantage of his time, showing the Islanders that his point production at the University of North Dakota, where he was twice a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the league's best player, was no fluke.

He jumped from 18 points in his first full season with the Islanders in 2001-02 to 55 the following season. His best season came in 2005-06, when he compiled 28 goals and 57 points, but Blake was capable of much more.

After 43 games this season, Blake is the team leader with 23 goals and 41 points. He is on pace to smash his previous high, and is being recognized by the NHL for his success this year with an invitation to the 2007 NHL All-Star game.

"It's very exciting," said Blake. "There are certain things that come along with your career, and I've been pretty fortunate up to this point. This is just another stepping stone in the direction I want my career to go. It's a dream come true. My wife and family are excited for me and it's a great honor.

"If the Islanders hadn't taken a chance on me six years ago who knows where I'd be now. Things turn out for the best and I couldn't be any happier being on Long Island and part of the Islanders organization."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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