Monday, April 17, 2017

Former Viper Jones Solid In NHL Debut:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Connor Jones made his NHL debut, April 2nd 2017 with the New York Islanders after being called up from the American Hockey League (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers April 1st 2017. Jones played once with the Islanders before being sent back down to the American Hockey League April 4th 2017.

Jones is in his second season with the American Hockey League (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers, signed a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract with the New York Islanders February 22, 2017.

After four years at Quinnipiac University Jones signed his first pro contract along with twin brother Kellen with the American Hockey League (AHL) Oklahoma City Barons April 3rd 2014. Connor has spent the past two seasons playing with three teams in three different leagues. (ECHL-Bakersfield Condors, AHL-Oklahoma City Barons & the AHL-Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Connor played In 163 regular season games with the Vipers collecting (80-goals-118-assists-198-points) Connor also is the Vipers all-time franchise points leader (regular season & playoffs) with 228 & all-time franchise goals leader (regular season & playoffs) with 95.

Connor Jones Player Profile:

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Islanders’ Connor Jones solid in his debut

April 2, 2017

By Arthur Staple

BUFFALO — Connor Jones may not have seemed like the right man for the daunting task of replacing John Tavares, but he did what he was brought up from Bridgeport to do in his NHL debut Sunday.

The 26-year-old played a solid 11:13 in the Islanders’ 4-2 win over the Sabres and came close to a couple of milestones. He appeared to touch the puck to Nick Leddy on a play that ended with Cal Clutterbuck scoring the opening goal, although no assist was given. He also missed the empty net twice in the final minute.

“It was unbelievable,” he said. “In warm-ups, you’re out there, seeing all the fans, everybody, just that amount of people watching you — it’s the stuff you only see on TV. I enjoyed it for a little bit, then it was time to get to work.”

Doug Weight said Jones was chosen over a few higher-scoring Bridgeport forwards because he kills penalties and fits in well with the fourth-line ethos that the Islanders want up and down their lineup.

“He had some energy, just what we thought he’d bring,” Weight said. “He was probably tired, he played a ton for Bridgeport two nights ago, but he looked ready and he did some good things.”

This was on the Islanders twitter account,

Here is a pre-game clip with interview's from Connor and his family before his NHL debut,

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