#22 Jason Paige
Three-time monogram winner who will serve as alternate captain for his third season at Notre Dame … tough, tenacious, hard-working player … one of the team’s leaders both on and off the ice … excellent student who was hockey’s Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award winner for 2005-06 … selected to the CCHA scholar-athlete team for the `05-’06 season … enjoys the physical aspects of the game … strong on faceoffs … gritty center iceman who plays in all situations for the Irish … played in all 36 games as a junior with four goals and one assist for five points … during his Notre Dame career has played in 112 games with 18 goals and 10 assists for 28 points … has seven power-play goals, one short-handed goal and four game winners … one of the CCHA’s top penalty-killing forwards … as a freshman, teamed with Michael Bartlett and T.J. Jindra to help the Irish set a team-best penalty-killing mark of .876 (22 ppgs on 174 chances) … one of four players on the Notre Dame roster to play for Compuware, joining senior Josh Sciba, junior Evan Rankin and freshman Stewart Carlin … joins Brian D’Arcy (Cleveland), Erik Condra (Texarkana), Brett Blatchford (Texas), Carlin (Compuware) and Tom O’Brien (Mahoning Valley) as NAHL alums … one of seven Michigan natives on the roster along with Sciba (Westland), Rankin (Portage), Condra (Livonia), Justin White (Traverse City) and freshmen Blatchford (Temperance) and Kyle Lawson (New Hudson) … member of Notre Dame’s eight-man 2003 recruiting class that included five forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender … verbally committed to Notre Dame in the fall of 2001 but waited until fall of 2002 to sign letter-of-intent along with Noah Babin, David Brown, Wes O’Neill and Sciba … selected to Notre Dame’s academic honors program … Dean’s List selection in the fall of 2003 and fall of `05.
AS A JUNIOR: Served as alternate captain for the second season in `05-’06 … played in 36 games for the Irish … scored four goals with one assist for five points … had one game-tying goal (vs. Miami) … had 17 penalties for 34 minutes … recorded 42 shots on goal for a .095 shooting percentage … was -8 for the year … selected as Notre Dame’s CCHA scholar-athlete of the year and winner of Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award for `05-‘-06 … went without a point for the first 12 games of the season and then had back-to-back games with goals versus Western Michigan … cut a Bronco lead to 4-2 with an unassisted goal at 18:32 of the second period in 4-3 loss on Dec. 2 … scored third Notre Dame goal in 3-0 win over the Broncos the following night at the Joyce Center … helped the Irish rally from a 2-1 deficit with the game-tying goal at 18:24 of the third period for a 2-2 tie with third-ranked Miami … lone assist came on an Evan Rankin goal in 3-2 loss to Michigan State on Feb. 3 … scored the opening goal of the game in Notre Dame’s 3-2 win over Ferris State on Feb. 11 … did not score in two playoff games versus Alaska Fairbanks.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 37 of team’s 38 games in 2004-05 … had four goals and three assists for seven points … scored three times on the power play and once short-handed … had one game winner on the year … was seventh on the team with 64 shots on goal … second in penalty minutes with 65 on 27 infractions … first goal of the season came in 4-1 home loss to Northern Michigan on Oct. 30 … assisted on T.J. Jindra’s game-winning goal in 3-2 win at Western Michigan on Nov. 13 … notched game winner via the power play at Alaska Fairbanks in 3-2 win on Nov. 26 … went without a point for nine games before picking up assists in back-to-back games against Ohio State and Michigan Tech … third goal of the season was also his third on the power play in 4-3 loss to Ferris State … closed the season with a short-handed goal in 9-2 loss to Michigan at Fort Wayne, Ind.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 39 games as a freshman, leading the Irish rookie class in scoring with 10 goals and six assists for 16 points … scored four power-play goals and three game winners … whistled for 16 penalties adding up to 32 minutes … had 56 shots on goal to tie Aaron Gill for top shooting percentage (.179) … was -6 for the year … in 28 CCHA games had nine goals and six assists for 15 points … recorded just two assists (vs. Bowling Green and Nebraska-Omaha) in first nine games before scoring first collegiate goal on Nov. 21 against Lake Superior … gave Irish a 3-1 lead at 7:38 of the second period only to see the Lakers tie the game after two periods … set up T.J. Jindra’s game winner at 2:51 of the third in 5-3 Irish win … goal and assist gave Paige first multiple-point game of career … second goal of the year came on third-period power-play goal in 5-1 win over Northern Michigan … scored again on Dec. 5 in 8-6 loss at Western Michigan … put together two-game goal streak with goals in back-to-back games versus Bowling Green (Jan. 9-10) … third-period goal in 5-4 overtime loss on Jan. 9 gave Irish a short-lived 4-3 lead … first-period goal at 13:42 on Jan. 10 proved to be game winner in 3-0 shutout of the Falcons … didn’t score another goal until Jan. 31 when his first-period power-play goal gave the Irish a 1-0 lead in an eventual 2-2 tie versus Alaska Fairbanks … turned in first two-goal game of career on Feb. 27 in 4-1 win over fourth-ranked Michigan … first-period power-play tally was also the game winner … added an assist in 5-2 win the following night for three-point weekend versus the Wolverines … picked up third game-winning goal of the season in 2-1 win at Lake Superior in season finale … win clinched home ice in the CCHA playoffs for Notre Dame for the first time since 1999-2000 … had one goal in five postseason games and it was a big one … got game-winning overtime goal in game three of first-round series to send Irish to Super Six at Joe Louis Arena.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Northville High School in Northville, Mich., while playing for the Compuware Ambassadors … played three seasons (2000-03) with Compuware in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) … was a teammate of current Irish freshman Stewart Carlin with the Ambassadors … served as team captain of the `02-’03 Ambassadors … helped team to second place in NAHL’s Eastern Division with a 41-12-3 record … Ambassadors lost in semifinals to Texas … had nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points to go along with 206 minutes in penalties … selected to the NAHL Top Prospects Team … helped Ambassadors to the 2001-02 NAHL regular season and Robertson Cup (playoff) titles and the Gold Cup — the United States Junior A championship … had 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in 52 games while racking up 193 penalty minutes … in his first season with Compuware, was a member of the Select 17 Junior Olympic Festival Team … came up through the ranks of the HoneyBaked `84 AAA hockey club … began playing for HoneyBaked in 1996-97 season for the Pee Wee team … helped team to Michigan National Hockey League (MNHL) title, the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) state championship, the USA Hockey Tier 1 Pee Wee Major title and the Champion at Mondial World Champion-ship in Montreal … moved up to the Midget Minor Club in 1999 and was team captain … helped Michigan to MNHL league and playoff titles … member of Grand Championship team at Kamloops International Tournament in Kamloops, B.C. … drafted by the Toronto St. Michael’s team of the Ontario Hockey League … member of Select 15 and 16 teams at Junior Olympic Festival … full name is Jason Howard Paige … son of Bill and Donna Paige … has one brother … born Jan. 19, 1984, in Saginaw, Mich. … finance major in the Mendoza College of Business.
Paige’s Career Statistics
Paige’s Career Bests
vs. Michigan (2g-0a; 2/27/04)
vs. Lake Superior (1g-1a; 11/21/03)
vs. Michigan (2/27/04)
5 Shots on Goal
vs. Northern Michigan (1/20/06)
vs. Michigan Tech (1/18/05)
vs. Lake Superior State (1/8/05)
vs. Northern Michigan (10/30/04)
vs. Bowling Green (1/10/04)
2-Game Point Streak
(2g-0a); Dec. 2-3, 2005
(vs. Western Michigan)
(0g-2a); Jan. 15-18, 2005
(vs. Ohio State and Michigan Tech)
(1g-1a); Nov. 13-26, 2004
(vs. Western Michigan and Alaska Fairbanks)
(2g-1a); Feb. 27-28, 2004
(2g-0a); Jan. 9-10, 2004
(vs. Bowling Green)
2-Game Goal Streak
(2g-0a); Dec. 2-3, 2005
(2g-0a); Jan. 9-10, 2004
(vs. Bowling Green)