Martin Jones (ice hockey)
January 10, 1990 |
North Vancouver, BC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)|
|NHL team||Los Angeles Kings|
Martin Jones (born January 10, 1990) is a Canadian ice hockey goaltender for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). A standout goaltender in junior with the Calgary Hitmen, Jones was named the Western Hockey League's goaltender of the year in 2009–10 and won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He has spent the majority of his professional career in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Manchester Monarchs but made his NHL debut in 2013.
Jones was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia. His father, Harvey, is the Vice President of Arena Operations with the Vancouver Canucks. He has a brother, Jordan and a sister, Jocelyn. Jones felt that his father's position with the Canucks gave him some opportunities within the game that most other kids would not get. He played midget with the Vancouver Northwest Giants of the BC Hockey Major Midget League.
The Calgary Hitmen selected Jones in the fourth round of the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft. He joined the Hitmen in 2006–07 and served as the backup to Dan Spence for two seasons. He was eligible for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft but went undrafted. Offered a try-out with the Los Angeles Kings, Jones impressed team scouts at Los Angeles' rookie camp, and following a strong showing at their main camp, the team signed him to a three-year contract before reassigning him back to the Hitmen. He emerged as Calgary's starting goaltender in 2008–09; his 45 wins for the Hitmen broke the team record of 39. He led the league in wins, tied for the lead in shutouts (7) and finished third in goals against average (2.08). He backstopped the Hitmen to 12 consecutive wins in the playoffs, tying a league record, before the Hitmen lost the WHL championship series in six games to the Kelowna Rockets.
Jones was invited to participate in the Canadian junior team's summer camp, and earned a spot on the team as the backup to Jake Allen for the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He started one preliminary round game against Slovakia, winning 8–2, and relieved Allen in the gold medal game against the Americans, though Canada lost the game in overtime and ended the tournament with the silver medal. With the Hitmen, Jones finished with a league-best GAA of 2.21 and was named a First Team All-Star in the Eastern Conference. In advance of his second consecutive appearance in the championship series, the league named him the winner of the Del Wilson Trophy as the WHL's top goaltender. During the season, he surpassed Spence's team record for career wins, and his 16 career shutouts are also a franchise record.
The Kings assigned Jones to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs to begin the 2010–11 season. He also played with the Ontario Reign of the ECHL for a time, but after posting a 16–3–0 record, .939 save percentage and 1.93 GAA in his first 22 games for the Monarchs, Jones was chosen to play in the 2011 AHL All-Star Game. He was on the roster of the Los Angeles Kings as a spare when they won their first Stanley Cup, but did not play.
Jones finished fourth in the AHL with 27 wins in 2012–13 and was also among the league leaders in games played (56) and shutouts (5). Jones began the 2013–14 season with Manchester, but was recalled by Los Angeles on November 13, 2013 after Jonathan Quick suffered an injury. As the backup for the Kings, he did not get into game action for three weeks. Jones made his NHL debut on December 3 and earned a 3–2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. He stopped all nine shooters he faced in a shootout to secure his first NHL win.
- Statistics complete to the end of the 2012–13 season
Awards and honours
|Competitor for Canada|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championship|
|Silver||2010 Canada||Ice hockey|
|WHL First All-Star Team||2009–10|||
|WHL Second All-Star Team||2008–09|||
|Del Wilson Trophy||2009–10|||
|WHL Playoff MVP||2009–10|||
|Hap Emms Memorial Trophy||2010|||
|Memorial Cup All-Star team||2010|||
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- "Kelowna Rockets win WHL title". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
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- "WHL announces 2009–10 Conference All-Star teams and award finalists". Western Hockey League. 2010-03-18. Retrieved 2010-04-28.[dead link]
- "Seguin, Eberle named top league players". National Post. 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
- Myers, Sean (2010-04-29). "WHL final could be won between the pipes". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2010-04-29.[dead link]
- Odland, Kristen (2010-09-25). "Nostalgic night for Kozun and the Hitmen". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2010-09-26.
- "Monarchs Recall Jones". 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
- Atchue, A. J. (2011-01-20). "Jones undrafted, but not unappreciated by Manchester". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
- Ashmore, Mike. "Cup win a learning experience for Jones". Ontario Reign Hockey Club. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- "Martin Jones player card". American Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- Halford, Mike (2013-11-13). "With Quick hurt, Kings recall Jones". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- Zupke, Curtis (2013-12-03). "Jones, Kings beat Ducks in nine-round shootout". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- Flett, Cory and Watts, Jessie (ed.). 2009–10 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League. p. 202.
- "Calgary crowned WHL champs; earn Memorial Cup berth". The Sports Network. 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
- "MasterCard Memorial Cup Individual Award Winners Announced". Canadian Hockey League. 2010-05-23. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
- Martin Jones's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Martin Jones's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Winner of the WHL Del Wilson Trophy