The junior switch from Ohio State has impressed coaches and teammates together with his work ethic and competitiveness and Preventing Hawks coach Brad Berry stated Jones goes to be counted on closely.
Jones, 5-foot-eleven and one hundred seventy five kilos, noticed a bit of little bit of recruiting curiosity from UND out of his first spherical of junior hockey, when he was enjoying for the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
With the Crusaders, he performed in fifty two video games within the 2013-14 season and tied for third within the league with seventy two factors, scoring a league-greatest forty one objectives.
Jones, nevertheless, stated he dedicated early in his recruiting course of, at age 17, to Ohio State.
As a freshman in Columbus in 2014-15, Jones was named the workforce’s most improved participant after seeing motion in 26 video games. He had one objective and 5 assists.
Throughout his sophomore season at Ohio State, Jones left the zero-6 Buckeyes for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League.
“I simply did not really feel like I used to be creating at a fee I want to develop,” Jones stated. “I felt I used to be younger sufficient, coming in at 18, that I might get a second alternative. It did not really feel like the best match and needed to attempt elsewhere.”
Jones spent the 2016-17 season and a lot of the 2015-sixteen season with the Vees. He served as captain final yr and led the Vees to a BCHL championship.
He scored 25 objectives and had a group-main sixty two factors in fifty eight common-season video games. He added 10 objectives and 27 factors in 21 playoff video games and ranked second in BCHL playoff scoring behind solely fellow incoming UND participant Jordan Kawaguchi.
In Penticton, Jones was additionally teammates with fellow UND rookie Gabe Bast.
“He is a battler,” Bast stated. “He is a man who offers you one hundred ten % each shift. There’s not too many battles I noticed him lose in two years. He is acquired an excellent talent set to go together with that work ethic. He leads by instance. He is among the best captains I’ve ever had.”
UND’s intel on Jones from his first go round in junior hockey drew the preliminary curiosity from Berry, he stated.
“He is group-first, very aggressive, hates to lose … these are all issues we’re right here,” Berry stated. “Once you peel again these layers, and also you assume that matches.
“He brings us power. All the things he does in his life is skilled and targeted. He will be counted on closely in our group.”
Jones, who was born in Vancouver and grew up in Edmonton, stated he was drawn to UND due to the historical past of this system, the coaches, the amenities and the tradition.
“To have this chance at an excellent…