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Lightning Recall Blair Jones, Mike Vernace From Norfolk

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
Blair Jones has played four games with the Lightning so far this season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Blair Jones and defenseman Mike Vernace from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.  

Jones, 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, has played in four games with the Lightning this season, recording a goal and two points with a plus-1 rating. He has played in 12 games with Norfolk this season, notching seven goals and 16 points with a plus-7 rating. Jones is tied for second on the team in goals, points and plus-minus.

A native of Central Butte, Saskatchewan, Jones has played in 42 career NHL games, all with the Lightning.  He has registered two goals and five points with 12 penalty minutes during his career.  Last season Jones played in 14 games with the Lightning, recording 10 penalty minutes and averaging a career-best 12:50 in average ice time.

Jones was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round, 102nd overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Vernace, 6-0, 216 pounds, has played in seven games with Tampa Bay this season, averaging 9:06 in ice time per game.  He made his debut with Tampa Bay on October 9 against Atlanta and played a season-high 16:33 in ice time October 16 at Florida.  Vernace has played in 19 career NHL games with the Lightning and Colorado Avalanche.  

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Vernace has skated in nine games with the Admirals this season, recording two goals and three points.  He is tied for third on the team among defensemen for goals.

Vernace was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on July 29, 2010.  He was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round, 201st overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

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