Randy Jones (ice hockey)
Randy Jones (born July 23, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently an unrestricted free agent. Jones has played 365 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets.
Jones played junior hockey with the Cobourg Cougars of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. He played for Clarkson University in the NCAA from 2001 through 2003. On July 24, 2003, he was signed to a contract as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers. Jones eased his way into the Flyers lineup, spending most of his first season with their American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. He played with the Phantoms through the 2004–05 NHL lockout, and the next season, he split games between the Phantoms and the Flyers. He played 66 games in the 2006–07 NHL season, and started the 2007–08 NHL season with the Flyers.
On October 27, 2007, he boarded Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins. Bergeron was knocked unconscious and wheeled off on a stretcher, and then sent to the hospital. Jones was assessed a five minute boarding major and a game misconduct. He issued an apology during the second period of the game. On October 29, it was announced that he had been suspended two games as a result of the hit. On the ruling, NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said, "While it is my determination that Jones did not intend to injure his opponent, he did deliver a hard check to a player who was in a vulnerable position." Bergeron did not play for the remainder of the season.
On July 2, 2008 the Flyers announced that they signed Jones to a two-year contract extension.
On September 26, 2009, the Flyers announced that they had placed Jones on waivers in order to clear up space under the salary cap. He cleared waivers and was assigned to the Adirondack Phantoms on September 30.
After becoming an unrestricted free agent, Jones signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning on August 25, 2010. The following season he signed a one-year contract worth $1.15 million with the Winnipeg Jets on July 2, 2011.
Jones endured the NHL lockout as a free agent, and with a lack of NHL interest he was belatedly signed midway in to the 2012–13 season to a try-out with the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL on February 3, 2013.
|2001–02||Clarkson Golden Knights||ECAC||34||9||11||20||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Clarkson Golden Knights||ECAC||33||13||20||33||65||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||48||5||16||21||28||4||0||0||0||2|
|2010–11||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||61||1||12||13||15||5||0||1||1||2|
|2012–13||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||18||0||2||2||31||17||1||4||5||6|
Awards and honors
|All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team||2001–02|
|All-ECAC Hockey First Team||2002–03|
|AHL Calder Cup||2004–05|
- "Jones Comments on Bergeron Injury". Philadelphia Flyers. October 27, 2007. Retrieved April 24, 2009.
- "Jones Suspended Two Games". Philadelphia Flyers. October 29, 2007. Retrieved April 24, 2009.
- "Defenseman Randy Jones Claimed By Kings". October 29, 2009. Retrieved October 29, 2009.
- "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
- "Barons sign Randy Jones to a PTO". Oklahoma City Barons. 2013-02-03. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
- "Pirates sign Randy Jones to PTO". Portland Pirates. 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2013-10-28.