Dartmouth’s Jones Leaves For Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche announced Tuesday that it has signed Dartmouth forward David Jones. Jones signed a two-year deal to the team that drafted him in the 8th round in 2003, forgoing his final year of elgibility.

Jones is coming off a strong junior season at Dartmouth where he was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award , a first for a Dartmouth player. He was also a unanimous selection for Ivy League Player of the Year while earning NCAA First Team All-America honors. Jones was also a unanimous First Team All-Ivy and All-ECACHL selection.

The 2006-07 assistant captain’s career-high 18-26–44 in 33 games was good for sixth among NCAA skaters for points per game (1.33). The 6-foot-2, 220-pound native of Guelph, Ontario, was Colorado’s eighth selection (288th overall) in the 2003 Entry Draft.

“David is a solid prospect and we look forward to watching him continue to mature,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere.

As a freshman in 2005-06, Jones was the second highest scoring freshman with 14 points as he saw action in 34 games. Jones scored 11 points in 21 league games while notching three multiple-point games and scoring three points on two occasions.

As a sophomore he played in all 33 games scoring 34 points, finishing as the second highest scorer on the team. He racked up 17 goals and 17 assists while scoring eight multiple-point games including two multiple-goal contests. Jones recorded his first collegiate hat trick against Clarkson and scored a career-high three assists with four points in a win over Yale. He was named First Team All-Ivy, Second Team All-ECACHL and was Academic All-ECACHL. He finished third in the league in scoring and was second in goal scoring.