JR. BLUES’ JONES TO PLAY CANADIAN JUNIOR A NEXT SEASON

The St. Louis Jr. Blues, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that forward Dante Jones has signed forms to play for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. The OJHL is regarded as one of the top Junior A leagues in Canada, annually sending dozens of players to NCAA Division I and III schools: notable alumni of the Jr. Canadiens include current NHLers Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Toffoli, Robby Fabbri and Andrew Mangiapane.

This will be a homecoming for the 6’, 175 lb native of Scarborough, Ontario, who came to the Jr. Blues after leading the Mississauga Rebels to a third-place finish in the 2017 Canadian national midget championships. In his two seasons in St. Louis, Jones averaged more than a point per game, with 41 goals and 53 assists 83 regular-season games. He was tabbed to play for the Orange team at the 2018 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament, where he recorded one assist. Dante was also a strong playoff performer, with seven goals and six assists in 13 post-season games in the past two seasons.

“Dante’s been an impact player for our club since the day he arrived,” said Jr. Blues head coach Chris Flaugher. “He’s one of the quickest players in the league and he really uses this speed well to create chances. In addition, his possession game is also strong, and he’s a great penalty killer. We’re confident he’ll do well in the OJHL and wish him the best of luck back home in Canada.”