Mike Jones Signs with NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning

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Former NAHL Most Valuable Defenseman Heads to Pros from Bowling Green

For Immediate Release – Thursday, April 6, 2000

The North American Hockey League has announced that former NAHL defenseman Mike Jones has signed a free-agent
contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
A 6-4, 195-pound native of Toledo, OH, Jones, 23, spent the past four seasons at Bowling Green State University of the
Central Collegiate Hockey Association. He tallied six goals and 13 assists for 19 points with 71 penalty minutes in 34 games
with Bowling Green this season as an assistant captain, and also helped BGSU to a first-round playoff upset of Lake Superior
State University.
Jones, who collected 18-52—70 points and 167 PIM in 127 career outings with the Falcons, will join former NAHL and
BGSU star Brian Holzinger in Tampa Bay. The Buffalo Sabres traded Holzinger, the 1995 Hobey Baker Memorial Award
winner as the top player in U.S. college hockey, to the Lightning last month.
Jones played two years with the NAHL’s Cleveland Barons, recording 15-33—48 points as a rookie left wing in
1994-95. He switched to the blueline the following season and notched 25-45—70 points in 46 outings while also serving
as Cleveland’s team captain. He led all league defensemen in points that year, led all NAHL players in assists, and
earned All-League First Team status plus Most Valuable Defenseman accolades.
Several former NAHL stars currently earn their living at hockey’s pinnacle in the NHL. The list of distinguished NAHL
graduates playing in the NHL includes Eric Lindros of the Philadelphia Flyers, Doug Weight and Todd Marchant of the
Edmonton Oilers, Brian Rolston of the Boston Bruins, Aaron Miller with the Colorado Avalanche, Shawn Chambers of the
defending Stanley Cup champion Dallas Stars, and Jim Cummins of the Montreal Canadiens. Boston’s Mike Knuble
has celebrated back-to-back Stanley Cup championships with the Detroit Red Wings (1997-1998) in his career, while Rolston
and Chambers were members of the 1995 Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils. Lindros, Weight, Rolston, Miller,
Chambers and Knuble were all recently named to the NAHL All-Time Team.

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