Major League Roller Hockey has named Doug Jones, one of the sport’s pioneers, key players, and personalities, as Commissioner. In making the announcement, MLRH President and Founder Bill Raue said, “Doug has been an instrumental part in the sport of inline hockey since 1992 and is now building our league. I am delighted to announce that we came to terms in late August and he is on board with MLRH and will continue in a formal capacity.” Jones was elected MLRH Commissioner for the 2009-10 season by the MLRH Board of Directors and will now expand his involvement with MLRH as the Commissioners position will become part of MLRH management. “We want to keep our owners involved,” said Raue, “But we need a more permanent structure as we move forward.”
Jones grew up in Connecticut playing for the Middlesex Red Devils Youth Hockey program, participated in NHL rookie camps with two organizations, had several cups of coffee with different teams and leagues finishing his playing career from 1991 – 1993, for the Los Angeles Jets of the WCHL. In two injury filled seasons and playing only 28 games, he managed 5 goals, 13 assists and 18 points while racking up 98 penalty minutes. The Jets won the championship in 1993, his last season and Jones moved onto various roles with the Anaheim Ducks as a Coach’s game day Assistant and game player evaluator along with scouting video, while working with NHL Stanley cup finalists and champions such as Mike Babcock, Ron Wilson, Tim Army, Al Sims, Walt Kyle, Newell Brown and Paul MacLean. He also spent five summers running the Anaheim Ducks youth Summer Camps with former NHL six time all star, Charlie Simmer and five time Stanley Cup champion, Rick Chartraw.
Jones, was part of the success of the Anaheim Bullfrogs of Roller Hockey International after an ACL injury in 1994 had stopped him from being able to play. He worked with coaches Chris McSorley, Grant Sonier and Brad McCaughey with the organization until it folded in late 1998. Doug was also responsible for the first travel inline league with the Silvers, owners of the Bullfrogs franchise, where he coached “five” Junior Bullfrogs teams to their first state titles at the Arrowhead pond in Anaheim.
In 1997, He began a 10 year stretch as the Director of Hockey Development for the Wayne Gretzky Roller Hockey Centers. Doug also ran the Great One’s International Hockey School making stops in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. During his tenure with the centers, Jones oversaw operations of five facilities including one on the east coast and four on the west coast. The centers at one time boasted membership of over 15,000 active players with all ages participating, until closing in late 2006. During that time, he won national championships at the NARCh and State Wars AAA and AA levels. A former state director for California for two years, Jones had amassed over 18 medals, a feat that has yet to be matched. He also played with the Professional inline team the SC Bulls, who were finalists in PIHA for two years.
Jones has also coached ice at the collegiate level with Long Beach State (the 49′ers) who the Pacific championship in 1995 and has coached successfully at the youth level in both ice and inline working with several current NHL players and draft picks all playing at various levels. Doug has worked with over 100 players who have moved onto collegiate, professional and coaching careers.
Currently, Doug lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where he and his wife, Dawn owned and operated the South Carolina Buccaneers of the Major League Roller Hockey League, the 2009- 2010 South Division champions. The Jones family includes three children, Shayne,(17) Justin (17) and Samantha (8).
Jones has since sold his interest in the Buccaneers to avoid any conflict of interest while serving as MLRH Commissioner. In addition to his position of MLRH Commissioner, Jones will serve as a scout for the Danbury Whalers of the newly formed Federal Hockey league.
To contact Doug Jones, e-mail: Doug@mlrh.com