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Jimmy Jones was a checking centre who played two seasons plus a game for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the late 1970s. He formed an effective penalty killing and defensive partnership with winger Jerry Butler in those two years.

Born in Woodbridge, Ontario, just north of Toronto, Jones played three years of junior with the OHA's Peterborough Petes under Roger Neilson. Although he was a strong checker, Jones broke out with 37 goals in his last amateur season in 1972-73. His penalty killing technique was aided by all the time he spent with teammates Bob Gainey and Doug Jarvis. That summer he was selected 31st overall in the Amateur Draft by the Boston Bruins and was claimed by the WHA's Vancouver Blazers in that league's selection meetings. Jones played parts of two seasons for the Blazers then played two full years with the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

In the fall of 1977, new Toronto Maple Leafs coach Neilson encouraged management to sign Jones to be the club's checking pivot. After Jerry Butler was acquired from St. Louis, Toronto had themselves one of the top checking tandems in the game. Jones' strong work against the top scoring forwards on the opposition helped the Leafs record 92 points and reach the semi-finals for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1967. The tenacious pivot enjoyed a particularly strong series in the first round when he stifled L.A. Kings star centre Marcel Dionne.

Jones played well in 1978-79 with regular linemates Butler and Pat Boutette but the team regressed in the standings. He only played one game in 1979-80 then finished out his career in the minors before retiring in 1981. The next year Jones moved into coaching when he was hired to guide the junior Toronto Marlboros, a posting that lasted two seasons.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 6 0 2 2 2
1971-72 Peterborough Lions ON-Jr.B
1971-72 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 63 21 22 43 104 15 4 10 14 19
1971-72 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 3 1 1 2 6
1972-73 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 63 37 33 70 73 13 11 6 17 38
1973-74 Vancouver Blazers WHA 18 3 2 5 23
1973-74 Roanoke Valley Rebels SHL 60 24 38 62 97
1974-75 Vancouver Blazers WHA 63 11 7 18 39
1974-75 Tulsa Oilers CHL 9 6 7 13 17
1975-76 Rochester Americans AHL 66 16 22 38 71 7 1 0 1 11
1976-77 Rochester Americans AHL 74 24 34 58 66
1977-78 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 4 9 13 23 +1 13 1 5 6 7
1978-79 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 9 9 18 45 +2 6 0 0 0 4
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1979-80 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 48 17 17 34 31
1980-81 Rochester Americans AHL 73 13 15 28 83
NHL Totals 148 13 18 31 68 19 1 5 6 11


Selected by Vancouver (WHA) in 1973 WHA Amateur Draft, June, 1973. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, October 25, 1977. Claimed as a fill-in by Toronto during Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979.