by Sports Writer, Matt Stefano.
He’s been in the Ontario Hockey League for a Long Time, and now He’s Moving Up!
On Tuesday, the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars have named Bob Jones as their new assistant coach.
The 48 year old from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario spent the last three seasons as head coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals.
Jones served as an assistant coach for his hometown Soo Greyhounds from 1995-1999.
During his years with the Hounds, he served as an assistant coach to Joe Patterson from 1995-1997, before working alongside Dave Cameron from 1997-1999.
He then served as an assistant coach with the Brampton Battalion in the 1999-2000 season, where he worked alongside head coach Stan Butler, who has been the Battalion’s only coach in franchise history.
The Brampton Battalion, not to mention, relocated to North Bay in 2013 to become the North Bay Battalion.
After one year working in Brampton, Jones went to go serve as an associate coach with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors from 2000-2004, where he was reunited with head coach Dave Cameron, who was let go by the Hounds following the 1998-1999 season.
After four seasons with the Majors, Jones moved closer to home and became assistant coach of the Sudbury Wolves from 2004-2007, where he worked alongside Mike Foligno, who now works as a scout for the National Hockey League’s Vegas Golden Knights.
During the 2006-2007 season with the Sudbury Wolves, Jones helped guide the Wolves all the way to the Ontario Hockey League Finals.
That year, the Wolves ended up losing four games to two to the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League Finals.
Following the 2006-2007 season, Jones then moved back down south to join the Windsor Spitfires from 2007-2015, where he served as an associate coach to former Hounds defenceman Bob Boughner.
Jones and Boughner, not to mention, were also teammates on the Soo Greyhounds from 1988-1990.
Jones finally got rewarded with the Spitfires after he helped the club win back to back J. Ross Robertson Cups and Memorial Cup titles in 2009 and 2010.
After those back to back memorable seasons, Jones was promoted to head coach of the Windsor Spitfires after Boughner was named assistant coach of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets.
During the 2010-2011 season, Jones guided the Spits to a record of 39 wins, 23 losses, 3 overtime losses and 3 shootout losses, good for 84 points.
Following that season, Jones resumed his position as associate coach of the Spits after Bob Boughner returned to the club after spending one year with the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets.
Jones, who has been behind in the bench with six different teams in the Ontario Hockey League, has coached a pair of players who went on to be selected first overall in the National Hockey League, including former Soo Greyhounds forward Joe Thornton (1997, Boston Bruins) and former Windsor Spitfires forward Taylor Hall (2010, Edmonton Oilers).
The Texas Stars, who are the affiliate team of the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars, lost in this year’s American Hockey League Finals to the Toronto Marlies, who are coached by former Hounds head coach Sheldon Keefe.