Hugh Jessiman (born Hugh S. Jessiman on March 28, 1984 in New York City, New York) is an American former professional ice hockey right winger.
He has previously played in the NHL with the Florida Panthers but had spent the majority of his pro career in the American Hockey League.
Jessiman was drafted by the New York Rangers in the first round (12th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. After failing to meet the expectations of a first round draft pick, he was traded to the Nashville Predators on October 30, 2008, in exchange for future considerations.
On August 4, 2010, Jessiman signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks for the ensuing 2010-11 season.
On September 27, 2010 (after attending the Blackhawks training camp), he was waived by the team and assigned to AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs where he contributed 5 points in 25 games with the IceHogs before he was traded by the Blackhawks to the Florida Panthers (along with Jack Skille and David Pacan) in exchange for Michael Frolik and Alexander Salak on February 9, 2011.
On February 27, 2011, Jessiman made his long-awaited NHL debut when the Florida Panthers were defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 2-1.
The following season, he was unable to attain an NHL contract, instead signing a professional try-out contract with the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL to begin the 2011–12 season. In 43 games with the Monsters, Jessiman matched his AHL career highs of 20 goals before he was signed to a standard player contract for the remainder of the season with the Abbotsford Heat on February 13, 2012.
On July 3, 2012, Jessiman signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators. Due to the NHL lockout he was assigned directly to AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. Over the duration of the 2012–13, he failed to recapture his previous season production finishing with 10 goals in 68 games for the Senators.
On May 23, 2013, Jessiman signed his first contract abroad on a one-year deal with new KHL team Medveščak Zagreb from Croatia. In the 2013–14 season, he was unable to show an offensive touch, but was able to find his place using physicality on the third line with Zagreb, for 8 goals and 11 points in 37 games.
On July 7, 2014, Jessiman continued his journeyman career, signing a one-year contract with Austrian club, the Vienna Capitals of the EBEL as a free agent. He retired from professional hockey in 2015.
|2005–06||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||46||7||12||19||66||2||0||0||0||0|
|2006–07||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||49||7||6||13||79||7||1||0||1||9|
|2007–08||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||71||18||24||42||154||5||0||1||1||21|
|2008–09||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||6||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||43||20||5||25||75||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||KHL Medveščak Zagreb||KHL||37||8||3||11||72||4||0||0||0||2|
|All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team||2002–03|
|All-ECAC Hockey Second Team||2003–04|