Blair Jones

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Blair Jones
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Born (1986-09-27) September 27, 1986 (age 30)
Central Butte, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
team
Former teams
free agent
Tampa Bay Lightning
Calgary Flames
Philadelphia Flyers
Iserlohn Roosters
NHL Draft 102nd overall, 2005
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2006–present

Blair Jones (born September 27, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently a free agent. He was previously under contract with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL) playing on loan to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). He was a selection of the Tampa Bay Lightning, taken 102nd overall at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and played five seasons within the Lightning organization before joining the Calgary Flames in 2012. Jones was born in Central Butte, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Craik, Saskatchewan.

Playing career[edit]

Jones played four years of junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the Red Deer Rebels and Moose Jaw Warriors between 2002 and 2006.[1] In his final junior season, 2005–06, Jones finished sixth in WHL scoring with 85 points and helped the Warriors reach the league final.[2] The Warriors lost the championship to the Vancouver Giants, but Jones was named to the East Division second all-star team.[1]

The Tampa Bay Lightning selected him with their fourth round selection, 102nd overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He turned professional in 2006–07, spending the majority of the season with Tampa Bay's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. He was recalled to Tampa early in the season and made his NHL debut on November 20, 2006, against the Buffalo Sabres. Two nights later he scored his first point, an assist, against the Florida Panthers.[3] He scored his first NHL goal on January 30, 2007, against goaltender Sean Burke of the Los Angeles Kings.[4] Jones finished the season with one goal and three points in 20 NHL games.[1]

The following two seasons were spent with Tampa Bay's new top affiliate, the AHL's Norfolk Admirals. In the 2009–10 AHL season, Jones represented the Admirals at the 2010 AHL All-Star game and won the hardest shot competition at the game, registering a winning total of 100.3 miles per hour (161.4 km/h).[3] He appeared in 14 NHL games that season, and another 18 in 2010–11.[1] His 55 points with Norfolk in 2010–11 ranked second on the team.[3]

Jones appeared in 22 games with the Lightning in 2011–12 before he was sent to the Calgary Flames in a trade for Brendan Mikkelson on January 6, 2012.[5] Jones was expected to contribute to the Flames as a defensive specialist, used on the forecheck and in penalty killing situations. However, he suffered a broken ankle in early February after blocking a shot that was expected keep him out of the lineup for up to six weeks.[6] On June 29, 2012, Jones re-signed with the Flames on a two-year contract.

On July 1, 2014, Jones left the Flames organization as a free agent and signed a one-year two way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.[7]

On July 3, 2015, Jones signed a familiar, one-year, two-way contract as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks.[8] After training camp and pre-season with the Canucks, Jones was assigned to begin the 2015–16 season with the Utica Comets of the AHL. Jones appeared in 36 games with the Comets before he was loaned to the Charlotte Checkers, affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, in an exchange for T.J. Hensick on March 7, 2016.[9]

On August 29, 2016, Jones landed his first contract overseas, signing with the Iserlohn Roosters of the German top-flight Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).[10] He parted ways with the club on January 27, 2017 after being suspended for ten days.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Red Deer Rebels WHL 37 3 4 7 17 10 1 0 1 0
2003–04 Red Deer Rebels WHL 72 9 22 31 55 19 1 5 6 25
2004–05 Red Deer Rebels WHL 39 7 18 25 48
2004–05 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 29 7 18 25 30 5 2 5 7 8
2005–06 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 72 35 50 85 85 22 9 12 21 45
2006–07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 20 1 2 3 2
2006–07 Springfield Falcons AHL 45 5 16 21 36
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Norfolk Admirals AHL 75 14 28 42 50
2008–09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 80 20 34 54 61
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14 0 0 0 10
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 63 9 21 30 27
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 18 1 2 3 2 7 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Norfolk Admirals AHL 56 24 31 55 75 4 1 0 1 8
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 22 2 2 4 10
2011–12 Calgary Flames NHL 21 1 3 4 8
2012–13 Calgary Flames NHL 15 0 1 1 10
2012–13 Abbotsford Heat AHL 21 3 4 7 23
2013–14 Abbotsford Heat AHL 38 17 21 38 47 4 0 1 1 6
2013–14 Calgary Flames NHL 14 2 0 2 21
2014–15 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL 33 9 12 21 46
2015–16 Utica Comets AHL 36 9 6 15 35
2015–16 Charlotte Checkers AHL 13 4 3 7 20
NHL totals 132 7 10 17 65 7 0 0 0 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Blair Jones profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  2. ^ Flett, Cory; Watts, Jessie (2009). 2009–10 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League. p. 159. 
  3. ^ a b c Breseman, Brian; Pupello, Peter, eds. (2011). 2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning Media Guide. Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Club. p. 83. 
  4. ^ "Lightning blow late lead but beat Weaver, Kings in SO". ESPN. 2007-01-30. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  5. ^ "Flames acquire Blair Jones". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  6. ^ Gilbertson, Wes (2012-02-11). "Flames' Blair Jones out with broken ankle". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  7. ^ Panaccio, Tim (2014-07-01). "Flyers sign former Flames forward Blair Jones". CSN Philly. Archived from the original on 2014-07-06. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  8. ^ Vancouver Canucks (2015-07-03). "Canucks sign center Blair Jones". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-07-03. 
  9. ^ "Charlotte, Utica seal three-player deal". American Hockey League. 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  10. ^ gmbh, aliaz werbeagentur. "Iserlohn Roosters". Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  11. ^ gmbh, aliaz werbeagentur. "Iserlohn Roosters". Retrieved 2017-01-27. 

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