11 Keith Jones
1997-1998 Third Season
Starter Mesh. No set tag. Neck tagging 58-R-8-21.
MeiGray No. 104218
This jersey was acquired from a private collector who acquired it from the Meigray Group. It is not known who owned it before Meigray. Jersey shows moderate wear, with good stick marks and game wear throughout the body and arms of the jersey. The rear numbers have a number of larger black marks. The sleeves both have stick work through the numbers and on the lower sleeves. Besides some board burns, the right sleeve also has two decent team repairs, with one being very noticeable in the blue portion of the upper arm. The jersey features the unique inlaid number construction typical of the 97-98's, in which the layering of the numbers is reversed from the traditional top-to-bottom. In this version, the main portion of the number is inlaid, with the two outer colors raised even with each other. The 97-98 road jerseys feature the "Starter" name spelled out on the hem. One unusual aspect of this jersey is a variation in the size tag; most jerseys have the size designated as "56R", while this jersey has the size hyphenated "56-R". The jersey is accompanied by the Avalanche LOA and Meigray documents.
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Right-winger Keith Jones played a fearless power game during his career and inevitably the style of play he chose cut his playing days short.
Jones was a mid-round draft pick of the Washington Capitals in 1988 and he stepped into their lineup in 1992 following his four year stay at Western Michigan University. As a rookie Jones potted 12 goals and 26 points in 71 games. Jones seemed ticketed to become the power forward the Capitals so desperately needed, but he never quite delivered on the promise. Though he would tease the management and the fans he couldn't get his point totals up quite as high as projected. Injuries no doubt played a role in this as Jones never matched the 71 games he played as a rookie during the next three seasons when his highest games played total was 68 and his best production was 18 goals and 41 points.
Just 11 games into the 1996-97 campaign Washington gave up on the big forward and shipped him to the defending Cup champions from Colorado. With the Avalanche Jones was paired with skilled centers and it immediately translated into the best goal output of his career. In 63 games he scored 23 goals and managed 43 points while continuing to play his antagonistic style. However, what should have been a coming-out for Jones instead proved to be yet another tease. Injuries set him back yet again when he was limited to just 23 games the following year after recovering from surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament, and never found his groove when he came back. Jones scored two goals and two assists in the first 12 games of the 1998-99 season on his surgically repaired knee, but the Avalanche decided to move the forward and bring him somebody that posed less of an injury risk. Jones was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers for winger Shojn Podein.
In Philadelphia Jones style of play fit in with the club perfectly and he was a popular member of the club. He scored 18 goals and added a career-best 31 assists. His point total of 49 was also the highest of his career. But yet, again, injuries side-tracked him the following season and he could not build on his success, instead he managed 25 points in 57 games with the orange and black. After being held scoreless eight games into the 2000-01 campaign, Jones realized he could no longer play with the pain in his knee and decided, reluctantly, to hang up his skates.
Jones continued his involvement in hockey after his playing days were done by working in radio and television as a broadcaster.
Right wing - Shoots left
Born: November 8, 1968 - Brantford, Ontario
6-2, 200 lbs.
Washington's seventh choice, 141st overall in the1988 Entry Draft. Traded to Colorado by Washington with Washington's 1st (Scott Parker) and 4th (later traded back to Washington - Washington selected Krys Barch) in 1998 Entry Draft for Curtis Leschyshyn and Chris Simon, November 2, 1996. Missed remainder of 1996-97 and majority of 1997-98 seasons recovering from knee injury suffered in game vs. Chicago, May 13, 1996. Traded to Philadelphia by Colorado for Shjon Podein, November 12, 1998. Officially announced retirement, November 21, 2000.
- CCHA First All-Star Team (1992)