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FUTURE WATCH: Catching up with the Joneses

by Ashley Docking / Edmonton Oilers

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At 5-foot-9, height is nothing but another number for Bakersfield Condors forwards and twin brothers Connor and Kellen Jones. They’ve embraced the phrase “power in numbers” and have been side-by-side for their entire careers.

“This year we chose to sign at the same place. We wanted to do our first year professionally together and see what we can do,” Conner said when asked about the importance of keeping this duo intact.

“Going to school and being together in junior hockey, we wanted to play together again and thought we play better together. We bring that competitive atmosphere,” Kellen added.

Competitive is a vast understatement. In talking with the brothers, almost every answer went back to their desire to win, be at the top of their games and push one another.

Kellen cites his parents for instilling their unrelenting work ethic. That, along with the twins’ need to keep pace with the competition, fuels their motivation.

Kellen Jones (photo from Quinnipiac)

“Everyone else around you is trying to get better and we want to stand out,” Kellen said. “Show the organization, no matter how many games are in the season we want to go out there for all of them and do our best, work harder than everyone else and help the team win.”

Winning is the one thing that C. Jones holds above all else.

“You ask anybody, and the best part of playing on a team is winning and wherever we are this year that’s what we’re going to try to do,” Connor said.

Now, you can find the twins in the ECHL representing the Oilers owned Bakersfield Condors. Their carbon copy stats are uncanny. Both the centre and left winger have three points in three games, after a grueling three day stretch.

Point-per-game play shouldn’t be a surprise coming from the two players who impressed at Oilers camp this year with their grit and heart.

The Joneses were particularly impressive in the pre-season scrum against the CIS National Champion University of Alberta Golden Bears. Kellen opened the scoring in the 4-2 win and Connor was the “unsung hero of the game,” according to Oilers Lead Writer Chris Wescott. Connor blocked two critical shots on a penalty kill.

Both left a lasting impression before being reassigned on September 23, to Oklahoma City for the Barons training camp.

Although being sent down is not the ideal result, there’s a benefit to always having your best friend by your side. There is always someone to pick you up and on the flipside there is someone to call you out without holding grudges.

“We expect perfection from each other,” Connor said. “I was talking with Nuge (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) and he asked if we fight a lot, I was like, ‘Yeah, but it’s nice to come off the ice and if Kellen screwed up or I did you can be honest with each other. You can say, ‘Hey, I didn’t like that,’ or ‘you’ve got to play harder or play better.’”

“It’s just one of the things that helped us grow as people and players.”

The Jones brothers are on the same page when it comes to accountability, but forget about any twin telepathy giving them a stronger connection than regular teammates. The best friends insist it’s all natural harmony built the traditional way.

“I think it’s because we’ve been together that long that we’ve developed that chemistry,” Connor said. “You watch Nuge, (Taylor) Hall and (Jordan) Eberle and they move the puck tremendously. It’s time.”

That dashes any hopes of intuitive mind-reading stories from on the ice.

The Joneses did enjoy the more mischievous side of being identical when they were younger. They would make attempts to swap places to those around them who were oblivious to their differences. It turns out that they were a little too good at it.

Kellen Jones (left) and Connor Jones (right)

“In grade seven, there was ‘twin day’ competition at school,” Connor said. “We both wore the same clothes, wore our hair the same and we went in different classes. We didn’t win for some reason but I think we got disqualified for actually being twins.”

Kellen throws in a friendly jab, “We’ve tried (a few times) but most teachers can figure it out, I’m a little smarter than him I think.”

With a smirk, Kellen acknowledges that like any siblings the two know which buttons to push.

He said, “The only one that can get under Connor’s skin is me and he’s the only one that can get under mine, but (otherwise) we get along really well.”

So far, the pair has benefitted from not only being on the same team, but also being linemates for the majority of their lives. However, there may come a time when a team isn’t so inclined to take the package deal.

“We’re ready for that,” Connor said. “I have full confidence that Kellen is able to do things without me, and hopefully he feels the same about me.”

Thick or thin, good or bad the brothers stick together, serving as each other’s biggest support and biggest opposition. Neither would have it any other way.


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Stats Updated as of Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | * - Player on AHL contract with Oklahoma City Barons

Oklahoma City (AHL)


Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM
KEITH AULIE D 25 3 0 0 0 -4 0
BRANDON DAVIDSON D 23 - - - - - -
TRAVIS EWANYK F 21 2 0 0 0 -2 0
MATT FORD* F 30 3 0 0 0 -3 2
MARTIN GERNAT d 21 3 0 0 0 +1 2
CURTIS HAMILTON
F 22 2 0 0 0 -1 2
RYAN HAMILTON
F 29 2 1 2 3 0 0
KALE KESSY
F 30 3 0 0 0 -5 7
JUJHAR KHAIRA
F 20 2 0 0 0 -3 0
OSCAR KLEFBOM   d 21 2 1 1 2 +1 0
ANTON LANDER
F 23 3 0 1 1 0 4
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 - - - - - -
MARTIN MARINCIN
D 22 1 0 1 1 0 0
ANDREW MILLER F 26 3 0 4 4 0 0
MITCH MOROZ F 20 2 0 0 0 -1 0
DAVID MUSIL D 21 3 0 0 0 -5 2
JORDAN OESTERLE  D 22 3 1 1 2 0 0
IIRO PAKARINEN F 23 3 2 1 3 +1 0
STEVE PINIZZOTTO
F 30 2 0 2 2 -1 2
TYLER PITLICK
F 22 3 0 1 1 0 4
DILLON SIMPSON
d 21 3 0 0 0 -1 0
JASON WILLIAMS*
F 34 3 3 0 3 0 4
BOGDAN YAKIMOV
F 20 3 0 0 0 -2 2
Bakersfield (ECHL)


Name POS age    GP G A P +/- PIM
graeme craig* D 21 3 1 2 3 +3 0
mitch holmberg* F 21 1 0 0 0 -1 0
connor jones* F 24 3 1 2 3 +2 2
Kellen jones* F 24 3 0 3 3 +2 0
josh winquist* F 21 - - - - - -
Canadian Hockey League
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
BEN BETKER   d 20 8 1 3 4 +5 8 EVERETT (WHL)
JACKSON HOUCK
f 19 9 5 8 13 +1 4 VANCOUVER (WHL)
KYLE PLATZER F 19 11 5 9 14 +6 6 OWEN SOUND (OHL)
MARCO ROY
F 19 9 4 6 10 +4 4 QUEBEC (qmjHL)
NCAA, Junior A & USHL
Name POS age  GP G A P +/- PIM team
EVAN CAMPBELL   f 21 3 2 3 5 0 6 UMASS-LOWELL (NCAA)
LIAM COUGHLIN
F 20 11 4 2 6 0 8 VERNON (BCHL)
WILLIAM LAGESSON
d 18 6 0 4 4 0 18 DUBUQUE (USHL)
JOEY LALEGGIA  d 22 2 0 0 0 N/A 0 DENVER (NCAA)
JOHN MCCARRON   f 22 - - - - - - CORNELL (NCAA)
AIDAN MUIR   F 19 2 0 2 2 +1 0 WESTERN MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TYLER VESEL F 20 4 0 0 0 N/A 0 NEBRASKA-OMAHA (NCAA)
Europe
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
ROMAN HORAK
f 23 18 10 6 16 +5 14 VITYAZ (KHL)
PHILIP LARSEN
f 24 18 1 5 6 -7 18 YUGRA (KHL)
ANTON SLEPYSHEV
f 20 20 3 4 7 0 6 UFA (KHL)
ANTTI TYRVAINEN
F 25 10 4 1 5 0 6 TAMPERE (FINLAND)
DANIIL ZHARKOV
F 21 6 0 0 0 +2 4 NIZHNY NOVGOROD (KHL)
2014 World Junior Hockey Championships
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
TBD - - - - - - - -   -
Goaltenders
Name age GP w l T GAA SV% team
RICHARD BACHMAN   26 1 0 0 1 2.84 .900 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
LAURENT BROSSOIT 21 2 0 2 0 4.07 .867 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
TYLER BUNZ   21 - - - - ----- --- wichita (ECHL)
ZACHARY NAGELVOORT
20 2 0 2 0 4.54 .864 MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TY RIMMER*
22 3 1 2 0 3.03 .907 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
Frans Tuohimaa   23 - - - - ----- --- BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
- - - - ----- --- OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
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