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May 17, 1970|
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New York Islanders
44th overall, 1988|
Dane K. Jackson (born May 17, 1970 in Castlegar, British Columbia) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey right wing who spent parts of four seasons in the National Hockey League between 1993 and 1998.
A gritty, hard-working winger, Jackson was drafted in the third round, 44th overall, by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. He attended the University of North Dakota the following season, and although his college career got off to a slow start, he showed steady improvement and recorded 23 goals by his senior year. Joining him at North Dakota was fellow 1988 Canuck pick Dixon Ward, the first of four different stops where the two players would play together.
Jackson turned pro in 1992, and spent most of the next three seasons with the Canucks' AHL affiliates. He performed well in limited NHL action, scoring six goals in 13 games, but struggled to crack a deep Vancouver squad. He became a free agent in 1995 and signed with the Buffalo Sabres.
In 1995–96, Jackson had his longest NHL audition, registering 5 goals and 9 points in 22 games for the Sabres. He also (along with his old college linemate Dixon Ward) helped the Rochester Americans, Buffalo's AHL affiliate, to the Calder Cup Championship. He signed with the New York Islanders in 1997, and play eight more NHL games in the 1997–98 season, recording a goal and an assist.
Jackson continued on in the AHL until retiring in 2003. He finished his NHL career with 12 goals and 6 assists for 18 points in 45 career games. He added another 199 goals in 11 seasons in the AHL.
Following his playing career, Jackson served as an assistant coach with the Manchester Monarchs, the same team he played his final two seasons with, from 2003–2005. In January 2006, he was named head coach of the Adirondack Frostbite of the United Hockey League following the death of coach Marc Potvin.