Name: Jason BastAge: 25Birthday: June 2, 1989Position: ForwardShoots: LeftHeight: 5’10”Weight: 190lbsHometown: Regina, SK CAN
Jason spent his junior years playing in the WHL for the Moose Jaw Warriors. Over his five seasons with the Warriors he posted 114 goals and 140 assists (254 points). Jason then put his professional career on hold and played in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports League for St. Francis Xavier University, where he posted 37 goals and 73 assists (110 points).
How did you get into hockey?Coming from Canada it’s just kind of what everyone does. I mean I don’t even think it was my decision, my parents just signed me up, but it turned out to be for the best.
What’s your favorite thing to do off the ice?One of my favorite summertime things is kayaking. I like to get outside, get in the water; it’s just peaceful out there.
Does your jersey number have any significance?No it doesn’t. When I was sixteen years old I went to a new team and they gave it to me and I just stuck with it ever since.
What is your favorite hockey memory thus far in your career?My favorite hockey memories are actually the teams I have been on that have gone on long playoff runs. Playoffs is the best time of year and it’s a lot of fun when you can come together as a group.
What is the one thing you miss most about Canada?Poutine! I don’t know how American’s haven’t figured out poutine yet.
So do people say you have an accent?I do get that a lot. I don’t even notice it but I say ‘eh’ a lot so I usually get called out on it.
What is a fact that not many people know about you?Well that’s a tough one. Not superstitious. But actually, by habit I go left (put on left sock) to right, but I try to break it. I make an attempt to go right to left.
What’s the biggest difference playing college hockey versus professional level?The game is a lot cleaner in pro surprisingly. And in college hockey there is no fighting and guys get away with a lot because they’re not held accountable.
Are you glad you played in Canada rather than at the NCAA level?It’s a tough call, because you never know what could have been. But I have had a lot of fun thus far so I got no regrets on that path.
If you could have dinner with any hockey player, dead or alive, who would it be and why?I’ll go with a classic. I’ll go with Bobby Orr. One of the greatest in his time and it was a different time so it would be interesting to know how things were back then.
What’s your favorite thing about playing for the Steelheads?Boise! I love Boise, awesome city. I love living here!