Flyers sign collegiate standout Randy Jones

By Al Alven

The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Thursday that the team has signed defenseman Randy Jones to a two-year entry level contract reportedly worth $1.2 million.

The 22-year-old Quispamsis, New Brunswick native recently completed his sophomore season at Clarkson University, a campaign in which he was named a First-Team Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star and team MVP.

For the 2002-03 season, Jones tallied 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists) and 65 PIMs in 33 games. In doing so, he became the first defenseman in school history to lead the Golden Knights in scoring. All told, the 6-2, 195 lb. blueliner recorded 53 points (22 goals, 31 assists) and 97 PIMs in 67 games over his two-year NCAA career.

Prior to his time at Clarkson, Jones played with the Cobourg Cougars of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League (OPJHL). He was named that league’s top defenseman in 1999-2000. Jones was heavily recruited by Colorado College while with Cobourg, but ultimately decided to enroll at Clarkson.

“Randy Jones is a defenseman with some good potential,” said assistant general manager Paul Holmgren in a press release. “He has good size and good offensive abilities. [Jones, Murphy and Peluso] will all probably start the year with the Phantoms, but due to injuries you never know what may happen. Jones will probably be viewed in a different light than [Murphy and Peluso] because he is just turning pro, but he is a highly regarded young defenseman.”

Added incoming Clarkson head coach George Roll (in a statement released by the university):

“We are really excited for Randy. It certainly is a tough loss for us at this stage, but part of your goal as a program is to develop players to move on to the next level and Clarkson certainly has a rich history of doing that. I think it is the right thing for Randy at this time.

“The offer was such that he did not know with the collective bargaining contract up in a year if that money would still be there. He did the right thing and we wish him the best. I am sure he will do well at the next level. The only thing we regret is that we did not have the opportunity to coach Randy.”