Friday, 10 March 2017

#HurricanesWatch - Nolan Jones

It could be interesting to see what happens in the Jones home in Moose Jaw if the hometown Warriors face the Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club. 15-year-old Nolan grew up in Moose Jaw, plays for the hometown Generals in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, but was drafted by the Hurricanes. He says if the two teams are to meet, he knows what will happen if he's sitting in the stands. "That'd be pretty cool to see," Jones said over the phone. "I'd most definitely be cheering for Lethbridge."



Jones is coming off a strong year with the Generals, picking up six goals and 14 assists in 41 games. But the playoffs didn't end the way he was hoping, as they were knocked out by the Tisdale Trojans in five games.
"When the team gets eliminated first round, you're kind of devastated about that because you can't get on the ice about that," he admitted. But he knows the work is only just beginning if he wants to make the Hurricanes next season.
Jones is pushing 6'1" now, and he's put on some weight, now listed at 170 pounds, compared with 150 pounds when he was drafted. At that time, GM Peter Anholt believed the youngster was a two-way player with a defensive undertone but good puck-moving and skating skills.
Jones will be focusing on those, but also his weaknesses, over the coming months. But he has a better idea of what to expect at the WHL level, after three games with the Hurricanes earlier in the year, and was taken aback by how welcoming everyone was.
"Honestly, I don't even know if I could single anyone out, all the guys, they're really welcoming to you to the team," Jones said, going on to say the defensemen did stick together. "All those guys really took me and made it a really comfortable experience for me."

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