Russell adds promising ‘D’ man to his roster

MK Lightning have added promising ‘D’ man Sam Jones to their roster.

The 18-year-old was born in Birmingham but after moving to Canada he honed his skills at the Okanagan Hockey Academy and also in the British Columbia Hockey League.

Head Coach Pete Russell said: “I’ve been aware of him and monitored his development in North America over the last few years, since he first came on the radar for the national team.

“He’s come through a great development programme at Okanagan and last season played 52 games in the BCHL – one of the top Junior ‘A’ leagues in Canada.

“Sam is a good skater and uses it to benefit his all-round game. He has the ability to read the play well and pick-and choose his spots when joining on the offensive.

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to add him to the Lightning roster for the coming season and I hope our supporters enjoy watching his continued development.”

Jones added: “Coming back to play in Britain is definitely something I’m looking forward to and I’m delighted to join the Lightning.

“My brother Adam has played for Pete before with the national team, and was very complimentary about his coaching style.

“Pete is well-liked and respected by all of his former players, so I know I can trust him to give me opportunities to develop.

“He is respected within the Okanagan Hockey Academy which has played a huge role in my career so far.

“Knowing that my new coach is so well thought of within such an elite organisation made the choice of moving to MK a fairly easy one.”

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