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Guards of Hockey Heaven - Jason Pominville

Okay I know that the question was really easy. Everyone knows that the Now Do You Believe saying was after Jason Pominville scored the shorthanded overtime goal during the 2006 playoffs in Ottawa. The first two questions where a little tougher so I thought I would give y’all a break, not going to happen anymore. So now that you know it’s Pominville let’s get to know him a little.

Jason John Pomiville was born in Repentigny, QC, Canada on November 30, 1982. Although Pominville was born and raised in Canada he is a dual citizen, his mother was born in the United States.

Pominville was selected 55th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. From 2002-2005 he played for the Rochester Americans, and during those 3 seasons Pominville played in 239 games, scored 96 goals, had 96 assists, and only 100 penalty minutes. Despite that, the Sabres organization placed Pominville on waivers in the beginning of the 2005-2006 season. Once he cleared waivers he was sent back to Rochester. Later that year he played his first game in the Sabres uniform. He scored his first NHL goal on Novemeber 27, 2005, an early birthday present. Pominville played 57 regular season games in 2005 and in those games scored 18 goals. The Sabres of course made the playoffs that year and Pominville had an outstanding post season. During game 2 in the first round against the Philadelphia Flyers, he scored a hat trick, his first. Who can forget the shorthanded, overtime goal against the Ottawa Senators, which had Rick Jeannerete shouting “Now Do You Believe, Now Do You Believe, These Guys Are Good, Scary Good.” It still gives me chills. That goal set an NHL record, it was the first shorthanded, OT goal to win in a playoff game. The 2007-2008 season was even better for Pominville who was almost at a point per game during the regular season, scoring 80 points in 82 games. During that season with the departure of co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, Lindy Ruff decided to rotate the “C”. The team would vote on who they wanted to see wear the “C” on their jersey and in March and April, they selected Pominville. At the end of that season he was 1 of 3 finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy which was eventually won by Pavel Datsyuk. In 2008 Pomiville was selected to play on the World Championship team, since he has dual citizenship he was allowed to play for the United States. On the roster sheet, he didn’t list his mother’s hometown, instead he put Buffalo, NY as the place he calls home

. All of his hard work paid off before the start of the 2008-2009 season when he was awarded a 5 year, $26.5 million contract that would start at the beginning of the 2009-2010 season. During his 6 NHL seasons with the Sabres, Pominville played 459 games, scored 145 goals, 213 assist, and was in the box for a mere 127 minutes.

Pominville resides year round in East Aurora, NY with his wife Kim, their son Jayden John, and their new daughter.

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