Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | September 16, 2011

Man of the Day 9/16: Jamal Mayers

Jamal Mayers

Born October 24, 1974 (age 36) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Right wing for the Chicago Blackhawks

My formal introduction to Mayers was by my friend Amanda pointing out that his NHL game version of himself looked much lighter in skin tone than he actually appears in real life. I added onto this a day later by watching him read the sports news on the WGN midday news, ad-libbing in a joke about Patrick Sharp bobblehead dolls. I decided it was time to learn more about the guy who looked great in a suit and made the news crew laugh with his bobblehead joke. Mayers started out playing for the Thornhill Thunderbirds in junior hockey, went to Western Michigan University and played for all four years, was drafted by St. Louis in his sophomore year and got into their system back when their AHL affiliate was the Worcester IceCats. He bounced between Worcester and St. Louis for a few years, but was solely on St. Louis’ roster by 1998. In the Year That Never Was, Mayers played first for Hammarby IF in Sweden and then the Missouri River Otters in an old United Hockey League. But once the NHL lights were on again, he was right back with the Blues.

This is where he stayed until he was traded to Toronto in 2008 a day before the draft. He played with the Maple Leafs for two years, then was part of a big trade with Calgary that made him a Flame for part of the 2009-10 season. However, after that, he signed with San Jose for a year, hence the teal uniform in that photo there. But at the end of June this year, it was announced he wouldn’t be resigned, so he joined up with Chicago.

Here he is at Blackhawks Convention.

 Mayers has played for Canada once on the international stage: 2007 Worlds, when Canada defeated Finland 4-2 for the gold medal. Nice! Last season, with San Jose, he played 78 games, got 3 goals, 11 assists and spent 124 penalty minutes, just over two hours.  He also appeared in all 12 of San Jose’s playoff games, though he didn’t have any production save for 12 penalty minutes. It seems like he’s really liking his new digs in Chicago, though–and it’s not terribly far from St. Louis, so he’s in fairly familiar territory, too.

He's already getting used to working out in new digs, anyway.

 -Emma


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