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03-07-2013, 01:59 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: The Triangle
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He was born in Texas and I believe moved to Colorado when he was 9-ish. Got into hockey when the Avs were at the all-star level with Sakic being his favourite player. His dad talked to Sakic about hockey and Sakic gave him his skating coach. I believe Jones family house is in Texas, so it's hard to classify him as a Southern player, but to the casual fan he IS a player with basketball roots choosing hockey coming from Texas.
And he made that choice not because of tradition pushing him in that direction, but because as a young child he was in a position to closely follow a team in his local community. Specifically, a competitive team that had an admirable, relatable franchise player. His story is, in some ways, a validation of some of the arguments that underlie the 1970s and 1990s expansion phases.
Unfortunately, his story also highlights some problematic aspects of player development in non-traditional markets -- namely, that it took a professional athlete with a large income and a direct connection to Joe freakin' Sakic to organize the development of a lottery-pick quality prospect.
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