When Seth Jones signed on with the WHL Portland Winterhawks to be trained in the alleged greatest junior hockey league in the world he was expecting to play in Edmonton long before May.
“I was supposed to play in the world junior in Edmonton last year but I was injured in an exhibition game against the Russians in Red Deer before the tournament started,” said Jones on the eve of the WHL final here Thursday at the home of Nike where the Winterhawks practice facility is located.
Due to the WHL’s warped schedule, not one fan watched the No. 1 draft age player in the world play in the entire province of Alberta this season.
Despite the two teams having given the WHL a crackerjack final last year, the only time the Edmonton Oil Kings and Portland Winterhawks met was in Portland.
Tuesday in Rexall Place in Game 3 will be the first time the sensation of the season will skate in an NHL building where you’re sure to see him play next year with the Colorado Avalanche,