Photo by Jess Ritchotte
(MARKHAM – July 20, 2018) Jess Jones, 2016-17 winner of the Angela James Bowl, returns to CWHL action with the Markham Thunder.
Jim Jackson, Head Coach of the Thunder likes what Jones brings to the table, “Jess brings experience, offensive ability and a game intensity and work ethic,” he says. “She will elevate the players around her.”
Jones was a member of the NWHL’s Buffalo Beauts during the 2017-18 season, reaching the Isobel Cup Final.
“Ultimately, I wanted to come back because I enjoy playing in the CWHL. I’ve been apart of the league for four years, and I want to continue to be apart of the growth for women’s hockey here in the CWHL,” says Jones, “It’s a great league to be a part of.”
Jones joined the Thunder organization after being selected third overall in the 2013 CWHL Draft. She was a key member of the team in Brampton, putting up points and being a strong voice in the locker room.
General Manager, Chelsea Purcell comments, “Jones was a great player for us both on and off the ice in Brampton. She’s a player you want in your dressing room because she brings an energy that not many players have. It was tough to lose her last year, but we are looking forward to her returning to our organization and stepping right back into being a leader.”
Jones will continue to add to her 95 games and 86 career CWHL points (43 G, 43 A) she has already accumulated in four previous seasons with the Thunder, the only CWHL organization she has played for. Jones has been a member of all three All-Star Game rosters, most notably notching a hat trick in the 2016-17 contest. This will be her first year with the team in their new home of Markham.
“I have been part of the Thunder organization for so many years, I absolutely love the team. I think we have the best organization, fans, volunteers… everyone involved with the Thunder is great,” shares Jones. “I wouldn’t wanna come back and play for any other team.”
In 2016-17, Jones won the Angela James Bowl alongside Marie-Philip Poulin as the league’s leading scorers that season with 37 points (17 G, 20 A). Her plans this season go beyond the scoring title.
“I just want to come back and contribute to the team the best I can,” beams Jones, “I’m getting older and the girls are getting better! I’m just hoping to contribute to another great season for the Thunder!”