Sound Tigers Sign Jones, Bourque and Smith
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers, proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, announced Monday that forwards Connor Jones (pictured) and Ryan Bourque, as well as goaltender Jeremy Smith, have agreed to terms on American Hockey League contracts.
Jones, 27, played 68 games with the Sound Tigers last season and scored eight goals, a personal AHL career-high. He added nine assists for 17 points and also amassed 70 penalty minutes.
A native of Trail, B.C., Jones made his NHL debut with the Islanders in 2016-17, appearing in four of the final five games of the season. In the AHL, he has collected 59 points (23 goals, 36 assists) in 223 career games between the Sound Tigers and Oklahoma City Barons. Jones also notched 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 27 games with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL during his first professional season in 2014-15.
Prior to turning pro, Jones spent four seasons at Quinnipiac University, recording 129 points (49 goals, 80 assists) and 151 penalty minutes in 153 games with the Bobcats. He served as an alternate captain during his junior and senior seasons and finished in the top five on the team in scoring all four years.
Bourque, 27, ranked fifth on the Sound Tigers in scoring last season with 34 points (12 goals, 22 assists) in 75 games. He was fourth on the team in goals and finished second with a plus-10 rating.
The Topsfield, Mass. native spent each of the previous two seasons with his older brother Chris in Hershey and was a key contributor to the Bears' Calder Cup Finals run in 2015. Prior to his time in Chocolate Town, Bourque played parts of five seasons in Hartford between the Wolf Pack and Connecticut Whale, and served as team captain during the 2015-16 campaign. He has 175 points (74 goals, 101 assists) in 472 AHL games dating back to his pro debut in 2011.
Smith, 29, played 30 games with Charlotte last season and went 13-13-1 with a 2.71 goals-against-average and .902 save percentage. He made his NHL debut in 2016-17 and made 10 appearances with the Colorado Avalanche, going 1-6-1 with a 3.54 goals-against average.
Originally selected by the Nashville Predators in the second round (54th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft, Smith has played 265 career AHL games with the Checkers, Bruins, Milwaukee Admirals, Springfield Falcons, Iowa Wild and San Antonio Rampage. He boasts a 132-98-24 record with a 2.43 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and 13 shutouts.
Prior to turning pro, Smith played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Plymouth Whalers and Niagara IceDogs from 2005-09.
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