WINDSOR, Colo. – The Colorado Eagles announced today the signing of goaltender Kyle Jones. Jones becomes the third player to remain with the Eagles as they transition to the ECHL, joining veterans Riley Nelson and Aaron Schneekloth. Jones was the starting netminder in last season’s Central Hockey League All-Star Game, and his 29 wins in the regular season were one off the league lead despite playing in 11 fewer games (Rapid City’s Danny Battochio won 30 in 54).
Jones ranked among the top 10 in all of the CHL’s major goaltending categories in 2010-11, with 29 wins (2nd), a .916 save percentage (5th), a 2.62 GAA (7th) and 4 shutouts (tied 2nd). His season also included a 42-save shutout against the defending champion Rapid City Rush on Nov. 24 (setting a new Eagles record for saves in a shutout), and a team record 60-save performance against Rapid City in a triple-overtime playoff win (the longest game in team history). This will mark Jones’ second stint in the ECHL, as he played in 32 games for the Phoenix Roadrunners in 2008-09.
Prior to turning pro, Jones was a standout at D-III St. Norbert College from 2004-05 thru 2007-08, highlighted by a national championship in his final collegiate year. In that same season, the goalie won the Sid Watson Award, given to the nation’s best D-III player (via the American Hockey Coaches Association). The Green Knights won four straight NCHA (Northern Collegiate Hockey Association) conference championships during Jones’ time in Wisconsin, with the netminder being named the NCHA Player of the Year twice (2006 & 2008).