|Born||February 17, 1998 |
Rochester, Michigan, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
San Diego Gulls (AHL)
|NHL Draft||24th overall, 2016|
Max Jones (born February 17, 1998) is an American professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing for the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
He was drafted by the Ducks 24th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft].
U.S. National Development Team Program
Growing up in Rochester, Michigan, Max played in the renowned junior Honeybaked Hockey program before joining the U.S National Development Team. He suited up for the U.S. National Development Team during the 2014–15 season.
In 24 games in the USHL, Max scored five goals and 10 points, while earning 116 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 38 games with the U17 team, scoring 18 goals and 28 points, as well as earning 189 penalty minutes.
Max was selected by the London Knights of the OHL in the first round, 18th overall, in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. Jones joined the Knights for the 2015–16 season.
He appeared in his first career OHL game on September 25, 2015, being held off the score sheet in a 5–3 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs. On October 4, he earned his first career OHL point, an assist, in a 5–2 victory over the Oshawa Generals.
In his seventh career OHL game, Max scored his first goal, as he put the puck past Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds goaltender Brandon Halverson in a 7–2 win on October 17.
A week later, on October 24, he earned his first career OHL hat trick, as he scored three goals, including the overtime winner, in a 4–3 win over the North Bay Battalion.
On October 31, Jones notched another hat trick, in a 7–0 win over the Saginaw Spirit. Overall, Jones finished his rookie season with 28 goals and 52 points in 63 games, helping the Knights to a 105-point season and a third place finish in the Western Conference.
Max made his post-season debut on March 25, 2016, scoring a goal against Michael McNiven of the Owen Sound Attack, and adding an assist, in a 4–1 Knights victory.
On March 30, he was involved in an incident in which he would earn a 12 game suspension from the OHL for a blind-side bodycheck on Justin Barack of the Attack.
Max returned from his suspension to play in the third game of the Knights J. Ross Robertson Cup final series against the Niagara IceDogs. He helped the Knights clinch the championship, as London swept Niagara in four games, to earn a berth in the 2016 Memorial Cup.
At the 2016 Memorial Cup, Max played in the Knights opening game against the Red Deer Rebels on May 20, however, he was held off the score sheet in a 6–2 win. On May 23, Jones scored his first career Memorial Cup goal against Jordan Papirny, and added an assist, in a 9–1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings.
The Knights advanced to the Memorial Cup final, and Jones earned an assist in a 3–2 victory over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, as London won the Memorial Cup.
Jones returned to the Knights for the 2016–17 season after being assigned to the club by the Anaheim Ducks. On October 24, Jones set a career high with four points, as he scored two goals and assisted on two others, in a 5–1 Knights victory over the Saginaw Spirit.
Max suffered through an injury plagued season, appearing in only 33 games, however, he scored 17 goals and 36 points, helping London reach the post-season. In the playoffs, he scored seven goals and 12 points in 14 games, as London lost to the Erie Otters in the Western Conference final.
Max began the 2017–18 season with the Knights. On October 20, he earned a hat trick in a 5–1 win over the Kitchener Rangers.
On December 10, he tied his career high for points in a game, scoring twice and earning two assists in a 6–2 victory over the Erie Otters.
On January 7, 2018, the Knights traded Max to the Kingston Frontenacs in exchange for Sergey Popov, a second round draft pick in 2023, and a third round draft pick in 2021. He played in 25 games with the Knights, scoring 18 goals and 21 points.
Jones made his debut with the Kingston Frontenacs on January 12, 2018, earning no points in a 4–2 loss to the Guelph Storm.
In his next game with Kingston, he scored his first goal with the club, beating Cole Ceci of the Oshawa Generals, and added two assists in a 4–1 win over the Oshawa Generals.
On January 21, Max suffered a broken thumb in a game against the Mississauga Steelheads, sidelining him for the remainder of the regular season. In six games with Kingston, he had a goal and two assists.
In the post-season, Max missed the first seven games due to his injury, however, he made his playoff debut with Kingston on April 8, earning no points in a 4–2 win over the Barrie Colts.
On April 12, he scored his first playoff goal for the Frontenacs, scoring the opening goal against Leo Lazarev in a 7–1 win.
In nine playoff games with Kingston, Max scored three goals and four points, as the Frontenacs lost to the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Eastern Conference final.
Max was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round (24th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft held at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.
Following the elimination of his junior club, the London Knights, in the 2017 OHL playoffs, the Ducks assigned Jones to their AHL affiliate, the San Diego Gulls for the remainder of the playoffs.
Max appeared in his first career AHL playoff game on April 22, 2017, earning no points in a 2–1 win over the Ontario Reign.
On May 10, 2017, he scored his first professional goal against Troy Grosenick of the San Jose Barracuda in a 4–3 overtime loss. In nine post-season games, Jones scored a goal and an assist.
He began the 2018–19 season with the Ducks' AHL affiliate the San Diego Gulls, but on January 16, 2019 he was called up to the NHL.
The next night, Max made his debut, helping the Ducks to a 3–0 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul.
Regular season and playoffs
|2014–15||U.S. National Development Team||USHL||24||5||5||10||116||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||San Diego Gulls||AHL||—||—||—||—||—||9||1||1||2||6|
|2018–19||San Diego Gulls||AHL||43||14||15||29||50||8||0||4||4||10|
Max is the son of former NHL player Brad Jones, who played 148 NHL games with 3 different teams (Winnipeg Jets, Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers).
Despite being from Michigan, he is a full supporter of the Bills Mafia, as seen with his WJC eyeblack.