The East Coast Hockey League announced their Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by each of its member teams. The Greenville Swamp Rabbits have eighteen players listed on their Season-Ending Rosters list, one is former Vernon Vipers forward Kellen Jones.
Jones started last season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Missouri Mavericks after signing on September 24th 2015. Jones landed a try out with the American Hockey League (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers (September 30th 2015) was released before being sent back to Missouri. Jones was loaned to the American Hockey League Bakersfield Condors before returning to the Mavericks February 17th 2016. Jones would finish the remainder of the season in the American Hockey League after signing with the Uitca Comets March 3 2016. In 21 games with the Comets Jones picked up (3-goals-2-assists-5-points). On June 13th the Missouri Mavericks
traded Jones to Greenville.
After four years at Quinnipiac University, Jones signed his first pro contract with the American Hockey League (AHL) Oklahoma City Barons on April 3rd 2014. Jones spent the 2014-15 season playing in both the AHL & ECHL with Oklahoma City & Bakersfield.
Jones played four years in Vernon (2006-2010) playing in 154 regular season games with the Vipers collecting (39-goals-134-assists-173-points). Jones is also the all-time franchise assists leader (regular season & playoffs) with 150. Jones was drafted in Round 7 of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft #202 overall by the Edmonton Oilers.
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Swamp Rabbits Reveal Season-Ending Roster
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today unveiled the team’s season-ending roster, comprised of 10 forwards, seven defensemen and one goaltender.
The 18 total players include:
Greg Amlong, Justin DaSilva, Tyler Elbrecht, Sean Escobedo, Joe Houk, Nicholas Kuqali, Rob Kwiet
Garett Bembridge, Bretton Cameron, Andrew Dommett, Scott Fleming, Matt Johnson, Kellen Jones, Kevin King, Ryan Rashid, Vinny Saponari, Tommy Thompson
Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2015-16. Therefore, all players already signed to a New York (NHL) or Hartford (AHL) contract are not eligible.
Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight (8) players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than July 1. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional games played as of the start of the 2016-17 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.
The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.
A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded.
When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.
If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.
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