Jed Ortmeyer (born September 3, 1978) is an American professional ice hockey player for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Playing right wing, he is best known as a defensive forward.
Ortmeyer played junior hockey with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), beginning in 1996–97. In his first season, he was third on the team in scoring with 48 points in 54 games, then led the Lancers in goals with 23 and points with 59 the following campaign. During Ortmeyer's two-year stint with the Lancers, he played with two other future-NHLers – Duvie Westcott of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Malone of the Pittsburgh Penguins. After two years with the team, he left to begin his NCAA college hockey career.
From 1999 through 2003, Ortmeyer played under coach Red Berenson with the University of Michigan Wolverines, in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). While with Michigan, Ortmeyer's teammates included future NHL players Mike Comrie, Jeff Jillson, Andy Hilbert, Mike Cammalleri, Mike Komisarek, Jeff Tambellini and fellow New York Rangers prospect Al Montoya. In his second year with the Wolverines, Ortmeyer tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and missed the last half of the season. The following year, after fully recovering, he was named team captain and enjoyed his most productive college hockey season with a 38-point campaign in his third year.