|Born||May 19, 1976 (1976-05-19) (age 34),
Edmonton, AB, CAN
|6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Jason N. Botterill (born May 19, 1976 in Edmonton, Alberta) is the Assistant General Manager for the Pittsburgh Penguins and a former professional hockey left winger.
He was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, First Round, Twentieth Overall. Before turning pro, he played four seasons (1993–97) at the University of Michigan, where he helped lead the Wolverines to an NCAA national championship in 1996. He is the only Canadian to ever win a Gold Medal in three straight World Junior Hockey Championships. In eight seasons as a pro, Botterill played in 481 professional games, including 88 in the National Hockey League with the Dallas Stars, Atlanta Thrashers, Calgary Flames, and Buffalo Sabres. Other stops in his career included the Michigan K-Wings and Orlando Solar Bears of the International Hockey League and the Saint John Flames of the American Hockey League, where he was a member of the 2001 Calder Cup championship team. After serving as the Flames captain in 2001–02, Botterill signed with Buffalo as a free agent.
His career was abruptly halted when, as a member of the Rochester Americans, he suffered a concussion during a game against the Syracuse Crunch on October 31, 2004. After missing the next 49 games, Botterill announced his retirement from hockey. As of 2005, Botterill remains in the Rochester area with his fiancee, Andrea McDonald. At the time, he was planning on pursuing his MBA at the University of Michigan. Following his playing career, he worked with the NHL Offices and the NHL Central Registry and spent the 2006–2007 season as a scout for the Dallas Stars.
On July 17, 2007 the Pittsburgh Penguins announced Jason's hiring as director of hockey administration. His main responsibilities include monitoring the salary cap and contract research and negotiations, but he will also work with salary arbitration and preparation as well as scouting. Botterill was promoted by the Penguins to assistant general manager on May 22, 2009. He replaced Chuck Fletcher, who was named General Manager of the Minnesota Wild on the same day.
Jason's sister, Jennifer Botterill currently plays for the Canadian Women's team. His mother Doreen McCannell participated in speed skating at the 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics. His father Cal Botterill is a professor at the University of Winnipeg.