Fwd: U23 Jones joins Flames
Former Great Britain Under 20 Defenceman Adam Jones has been added to the Flames opening Elite League roster. The Birmingham born, 6’2”, 205lb blue liner qualifies for one of a trio of Under 23 spots open to each top flight team for the coming season. The 21 year old spent last year, his first at senior level, at English Premier League champion Telford Tigers where he iced 62 times while recording 5 goals and 20 points along with 62 penalty minutes.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Flames organisation,” said Jones, “and I am very excited to be joining the team. This will be an exciting challenge for myself, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Though considered British trained, Jones also has Canadian roots and has iced much of his Jr. career in North America. Prior to joining the Tigers, he spent a pair of seasons with Summerland Steam in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, playing just shy of 100 games while posting 32 points and more than 100 penalty minutes along the way.
In 2013-2104 he iced 5 times with the GB Jr. team at the World Championships and spent his domestic season in mainland Europe with Lower Austria Stars Under 20 side who compete in the Erste Bank Young Stars League.
“We are very pleased that Adam has opted to join us,” said Paul Dixon. “We obviously played against him last season, and we were impressed with his contribution to the Tigers.”
“He is a good sized body back there, but more importantly, he skates very well and has demonstrated a good skill level.”
“We think Adam can come in here and compete for ice time, and we are looking forward to being part of his progression into the Elite level.”