Josh Jooris
Image: Union College

Josh Jooris

Hometown:

Burlington Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-07-14

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Josh Jooris played for the Burlington Cougars in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. In 42 games he scored 8 goals with 26 assists and had 36 penalty minutes. The Cougars finished third in the MacKinnon Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Jooris scored 1 goal with 7 assists and had 12 penalty minutes in eight playoff games.

2009-10: Jooris had 116 points in 50 games in his second junior A season with Burlington. He scored 26 goals with 90 assists and was +60 with 42 penalty minutes. The Cougars were first in the re-christened CCHL's West Division and reached the CCHL Frozen Four against Newmarket. Jooris scored 5 goals with 10 assists in 12 playoff games and was +8 with 10 penalty minutes. In January he committed to playing college hockey at Union in 2010-11.

2010-11: Jooris skated in 40 games for Union as a 20-year-old freshman. Skating on the Dutchmens' second line with sophomore Jeremy Welsh (Carolina) and fellow freshman Daniel Carr, he scored 9 goals and had 23 assists (third most for Union) and was +6 with 18 penalty minutes. Union finished first in ECAC Hockey in the regular season and received an at-large NCAA bid after falling to Colgate in the ECAC quarterfinals. The Dutchmen lost, 2-0, to eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth in an NCAA East Regional semifinal.

2011-12: Jooris finished with a flourish after getting off to a slow start in his sophomore season at Union. Skating in 38 of 41 games for the Dutchmen, he had 13 of his 28 points after February 1st – including a 1 goal, 3 assist game against Colgate in the ECAC Hockey semifinals. Jooris finished the season with 8 goals and 20 assists and was +14 with 30 penalty minutes. Union was first in ECAC Hockey for the second straight year and defeated Harvard in the ECAC Hockey championship game. The Dutchmen topped Michigan State (3-1) and Massachusetts-Lowell (4-2) to capture the NCAA East Regional title; reaching the Frozen Four for the first time in school history. Union fell to Ferris State, 3-1, in the semifinals.

2012-13: Jooris is coming off of another excellent season, where he helped guide the Dutchmen to their second consecutive ECAC Championship title. The Burlington, Ontario native finished his outstanding junior campaign tied for third on the team with 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) playing in 39 games. Jooris’ 28 points tied his sophomore total, but his 12 goals were a career best. He finished the season playing on one of the ECAC’s best lines that also featured fellow junior Daniel Carr and freshman Matt Wilkins. He was a mainstay on the Union College power play, where four of his 12 goals were scored last season. As good as Jooris was in the regular season, he was even better in post-season play during his three years at Union College. He was one of driving forces behind the Dutchmen’s successful run to the 2012 Frozen Four and his two goals propelled Union College to a 5-1 victory over defending National Champion Boston College in the 2013 NCAA East Regional semi-final this past spring. Jooris signed as a free agent with the Calgary Flames on July 30th.

 

Talent Analysis

Jooris is a versatile, 6’1 and 190-pound forward that can play in any type of situation. He is as equally at home playing the grind game, as he is being the goal-scorer or playmaker. Although, Jooris spent his junior season playing at center, he has also played on wing during his Union College career and excelled at both positions. At the collegiate level, Jooris established himself as a player who can score timely goals and elevate his game at key times. He is a fierce competitor that never gives up on plays. This is particularly evident in his battles for loose pucks. Jooris was outstanding on faceoffs this past season, winning over 53 percent of his draws. Jooris possesses great on-ice vision and reads plays remarkably well. He has great net-presence and has shown a willingness to pay a price to make or finish plays. Jooris is also strong along the boards. He possesses a strong shot and can get pucks off quickly. He moves the puck exceedingly well and can make crisp passes. Jooris is an excellent skater with a good burst of speed that also transitions quite well.

Two areas where Jooris made great strides in development this past season were in his ability to cycle the puck and use of his frame more effectively in all three zones. Jooris has greatly improved his cycling ability, and along with his great patience with the puck, he has been able to successfully frustrate opposing defenders. Jooris has made better use of his body in areas such as protecting the puck, moving opposing players off the puck, and taking away space.

 

Future

Jooris signed an entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames in July, 2013. Jooris made quite an impression with Flames’ management and has earned a roster position in Abbotsford as 2013-14 begins. The 23-year-old center stood out in development camps during the summer and is off to a hot start with the Heat. In seven games this season, Jooris has recorded five points so far. Jooris is a talented player that is part of the mix of centers competing for a position on the Flames roster, and will be given serious consideration if an opening becomes available.

 

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