PENTICTON, BC –The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club has acquired the CJHL playing rights of forward Nick Jones (96) in a three-team deal, the team announced Saturday.
To acquire Jones, the Vees traded forward Jason Lavallee (96) and future considerations, to the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, for the playing rights of defenseman Joel Webb (95). The Vees then traded the rights to Webb, plus future considerations, to the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), for playing rights to Jones.
Jones, 19, was in his sophomore season at Ohio State University in the Big Ten Conference. The Edmonton, Alberta, native played in 29 games for the Buckeyes over parts of two seasons. Prior to joining Ohio State, Jones had a decorated junior career with the Crusaders. In the 2013-14 season with the Crusaders, Jones finished third in AJHL scoring with 72 points in 52 games and his 41 goals was the most in the league; also had a league-best 16 power-play goals. That season, Jones was a unanimous selection to the AJHL’s North Division All-League Team. In two seasons in the AJHL, Jones compiled 52 goals and 96 points in 100 career games.
He has worn the maple leaf as well, playing with Demico Hannoun on Team Canada West at the 2013 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge (WJAC). Jones finished second in team scoring with five points as the Team West reached the WJAC Semi-Finals.
Lavallee, 19, played in 13 games with the Vees this season, picking up two goals and six points.
Jones will join the Vees back in Penticton on Monday and will be on the ice for practice; he’ll wear number eight and make his debut Friday against Merritt. The Vees organization is excited to welcome Nick to Penticton and the South Okanagan, and wishes Jason all the best in his future hockey endeavors.