Hockey League (UHL)
County Veterans Memorial Arena
Offer Coaching Reins To Jones
Jaworski, Executive Sports Editor
Jones will be given first crack at the BC Icemen head coaching job.
is general manager Patrick Snyder’s choice to replace Al Hill, who
on Wednesday took a pro scouting job with the Philadelphia Flyers.
was an assistant coach and left wing/center under Hill last season
in the Icemen’s inaugural year in the United Hockey League.
Snyder said. “He
knows the game very well. He’ll
have the respect of the players on the team.
When he did get behind the bench (last season), he showed
poise, he didn’t get rattled.”
not the team’s leading scorer, Jones was the best player for the
Icemen. He was and
aggressive forechecker was one of the league’s best defensive
forwards and was the only Icemen player picked for the UHL all-star
who turned 33 last week, averaged more than a point a game—37
goals and 28 assists in 55 games.
He led the UHL with seven shorthanded goals.
He missed 19 games due to various injuries.
and wife Mary have two youngsters and live in Hubbard Lake, Mich. Jones was a t a golf outing and unavailable for comment.
thinks Jones will take the job.
Hill thinks Jones is the right choice.
a pretty headsy player,” Hill said.
“He played through a lot of difficult injuries.
I think it showed a lot to the team what it takes to be a
success. You need to
persevere a lot, quit whining.”
Icemen were 25-40-9 under Hill and were ousted in the first round of
the playoffs by Flint. Hill
also coached the Binghamton Rangers for two seasons in the American
Hockey League, and leaves with a composite regular season record of
spot for Hill opened in Philadelphia when scout Terry Murray took
the head coach job with the Florida Panthers.
Murray was head coach, but was demoted by the Flyers after
they were swept in the Stanley Cup finals by the Detroit Red Wings a
played 221 games in scattered appearances with the Flyers in the
late 1970s through the 1980s. He’s
the Flyers’ only pro scout and reports to player personnel
director Paul Holmgren.
another UHL move, Keith Gretzky, Wayne’s brother, was named coach
of the Asheville, N.C. team. Asheville
is the franchise that last season was in Brantford, Ontario,
6 foot, 195
University of Michigan
Eighth pick of Winnipeg, 156th overall, in 1984.
Played 148 games with Winnipeg, Los Angels and Philadelphia.
Pro: Played parts of five season in the minors, including 1995-96
with Binghamton Rangers (25 goals, 27 assists, 62 games).
Has also played in Switzerland, Finland and Germany.