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Sam Jones

Flyers can confirm the signing of 21-year-old British Defenceman Sam Jones, from NIHL 1 side Swindon Wildcats.

The big 6’2, 190lbs defenceman from Birmingham has dual British/Canadian nationality. Sam joins the Flyers following a season with Swindon Wildcats. Prior to that Sam played in the KIJHL with the Summerland Stream, and the year before with MK Lightning (EPIHL) in the 2016/17 season.

Sam started his junior career with Okanagan Hockey Academy in 2010 and remained with them for 5 seasons. Then in 2015/16 he joined the Penticton Vees and Cowichan Valley Capitals in the BCHL. Before going on to play for MK Lightning, Summerland Stream as Captain, and then the Swindon Wildcats.

To find out more about Sam’s playing career and stats, click on the link below: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/93356/sam-jones 

Swindon Wildcats Head Coach Aaron Nell had the following to say on Sam signing in the EIHL:

“I’m delighted for Sam on signing in the Elite League and I remember talking at the start of last season about this being his goal for his first year back in the UK. Of course, we would have liked him back in Swindon next season but as a club, we pride ourselves on developing young British players, so it’s great for Sam to be the next one to make that step.

"This is the right move for Sam, after Christmas he was certainly best D man and arguably the best player in the league and at his age this is a great opportunity for him! He made a great impression on all the players and I know they are all happy for him in securing a place at the higher level.”

Sam added “I am extremely excited for the opportunity to be moving to Kirkcaldy for the upcoming season. After the 2018/19 season I was eager for a new challenge in the Elite League, and after I spoke to Jeff, I instantly had a good feeling about Fife.

"Everyone I talked to spoke highly of the stability and professionalism of the Flyers organisation, which made the move to Kirkcaldy an attractive choice. I understand it is a big step up from the NIHL to the EIHL, and I will be working hard all summer to make sure I come in as prepared as possible, to do whatever I can to prove myself, and to help the team win.

"I can’t wait to meet all the guys come August and play in front of the noisy Flyers fans.”

Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development Jeff Hutchins added “Sam is a good young talent who has had recent exposure to North American Hockey. We are looking for him to add depth to our defensive core.

"He skates well, is physical and makes good decisions with the puck. He was arguably one of the best players in the NIHL last season. I’m sure it will be an adjustment stepping in to the EIHL, however I’m confident he will adapt fairly quickly.”

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