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Jay Daniel Bouwmeester (born September 27, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and an alternate captain of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a first round selection, third overall, of the Florida Panthers at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2003 and played seven seasons in the Panthers organization before being traded to Calgary in 2009. He holds the longest active "iron man" streak in the NHL, having appeared in 424 consecutive regular season games, and has played in two All-Star Games.

Internationally, Bouwmeester has represented Canada numerous times. He appeared in three consecutive World Junior Championships between 2000 and 2002, winning a silver and two bronze medals. He made his debut with the senior national team in 2003, winning the first of two consecutive World Championship titles. Bouwmeester was a member of the 2004 World Cup of Hockey championship team and represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Bouwmeester was born September 27, 1983 in Edmonton, Alberta. He is the son of Dan and Gena Bouwmeester, and has an elder sister, Jill. His father is a school teacher and coach in Edmonton, and played defence himself for the University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey team. Bouwmeester was a naturally gifted player; his father said he could handle a hockey stick at an early age, and learned to skate shortly after he learned to walk. An all-around athlete, Bouwmeester also played baseball and soccer competitively, and ran track, played volleyball and basketball at school. He had natural talent for hockey, however, and learned to play both on an backyard rink his father maintained and in the basement of the family home.

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