J. D. Forrest

Justin David " J. D. " Forrest ( born April 15, 1981 in Auburn, New York ) is an American professional ice hockey player who plays since 2012 at the Augsburg Panthers in the DEL on the position of the defender.


Forrest moved at age 16 to 1997/98 season in the promotion program of the American Hockey Association. There he ran the following three seasons until the summer of 2000 for the U18 team in the North American Hockey League and the main team in the United States Hockey League on. He also participated with the U18 team at the U18 World Junior Championship in 1999. After being selected in the NHL Entry Draft in 2000 by the Carolina Hurricanes in the sixth round at 181 position, the Americans went for four years to the Boston College, where he played for the university team in the Hockey East Division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He came to the year 2000/ 01 for the second time at a World Youth Championship for the United States to use and won at the end of the season, college national championship with his team.

Since the Carolina Hurricanes had to elapse the possibility Forrest to undertake this signed as a free agent in the summer of 2004, his first professional contract with Jokerit of the Finnish SM- Lappeenranta from liiga. For the 2005/06 season he then changed within the league to Ässät Pori and completed a similar solid playing time as last year. His achievements in the SM- liiga also made ​​him again for the North American Hockey interesting, which led to him that committed the Carolina Hurricanes in the summer of 2006. However, he missed the entire 2006/07 season, after he had severely injured a ligament in his right knee in a preseason game on the season. For the season 2007/ 08 he then found himself in the squad of the farm teams of the Hurricanes, the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League again. In addition, he played a few games for the Florida Everblades and Elmira Jackals in the ECHL, before he was transferred on 7 February 2008 to the San Jose Sharks ready for their farm team, the Worcester Sharks, sent him.

After Forrest in Worcester not for the NHL had to recommend, he joined shortly after the start of the season in the Finnish SM- liiga Europe club and reigning champions Kärpät Oulu. For this he completed an outstanding season with 33 scorer points in 52 games and a positive plus / minus score of 21 He was among the most points Defenders of league ranked fourth in plus / minus rating in third place in the league. Although he retired with the team in the Champions Hockey League in the preliminary round from, but in the national championship came down to the team before the playoff finals, where they, however, the eventual champions JYP Jyväskylä defeated in four games.

In November 2009, Forrest signed a contract with the Kloten Flyers until the end of the season. They had him watched during the Germany Cup, in which he had represented his native country. For the season 2010/11 the Americans returned to Finland and signed a contract with Jokerit Helsinki. In May 2011, Forrest decided to leave the club and received a contract in Malmö Redhawks of the HockeyAllsvenskan. The agreement was concluded for a season and includes a clause to this extend for another season.

Since 2012 he is with the Augsburg Panthers in the DEL under contract.

Awards and achievements

  • 2000 NAHL All- League First All-Star Team
  • 2001 NCAA Division I championship with the Boston College
  • 2001 Hockey East All- Rookie Team
  • 2003 Hockey East Second All-Star Team
  • 2003 NCAA East Second All-American Team
  • 2009 Finnish runner with Kärpät Oulu

Career Stats


Represented the U.S. at:

  • U18 Junior World Championship 1999
  • U20 Junior World Championship 2001

( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )