Niagara IceDogs Head Coach and General Manager Marty Williamson has announced that 2015 First Round OHL Priority selections Ben Jones and Hayden Davis have committed to the IceDogs, entering into OHL Standard Player Agreements with the club.
Jones was the seventh overall selection, joining the IceDogs after being a part of the OHL Cup winning Toronto Malboros. The 6’0″, 167 lbs centre posted 69 points in 74 games for the Marlboros this past season.
“I can’t put it into words” said Jones. “It’s everything I’ve dreamt of since I was little. The first signature I put on the agreement I was actually a little nervous from the excitement, but it was an amazing moment.”
As for what the Waterloo native feels he can bring to the team, effort is a big part of the equation.
“I bring 110% effort every game. I hate losing and will do whatever I can to help the team win, whether it’s doing something myself or helping my teammates. I try to be defensively aware and take pride in taking care of my own end and know that will help lead to creating offence.”
Davis joins the IceDogs after having been selected 13th overall from the Hamilton Huskies. A 6’1”, 166 lbs. defenceman, Davis posted 16 points in only 17 games with the Huskies, as a midseason injury forced him to miss a portion of the season.
“Obviously getting drafted to the IceDogs was a special feeling” Davis said. “It has been a lot of hard work to reach this point and I am thankful for the opportunity and the faith that people have shown in me. I’m going to be looking to prove everyone right that has shown that faith in me.”
When asked about what IceDogs fans can expect from him, the former Huskie spoke of priding himself in his two way game.
“I’m a defenceman who knows the importance of taking care of his own end first. With that in mind, I do like to chip in offensively when I can as well.”
As excited as the players are, IceDogs owner Bill Burke is equally thrilled to have Jones and Davis joining the organization.
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Ben and Hayden to the IceDogs family” said Burke. “We have always strived to be a destination for players and their families, with a strong program both on the ice and off the ice in the classroom. I think now with our new home in the Meridian Centre and with five OHL educational award wins in our eight seasons in Niagara, we have finally been able to reach that goal. We look forward to having Ben and Hayden as part of what should be a strong IceDogs team next year and the years beyond!”
Williamson was equally happy to welcome Jones and Davis to Niagara
“I’m excited to have Ben and Hayden as a part of our team” Williamson said. “They are a couple of very talented young men who I think will be a big part of our team for years to come. With Ben up front and Hayden on the back end, I think we have a couple of big building blocks that can be a key part of our future.”
The IceDogs would like to congratulate Ben and Hayden on their commitments and we look forward to seeing them in Niagara soon!