OSHAWA – The ice hockey season may feel long if you're backing Hunter Jones with Peterborough Petes.
Jones started just two of his 20 matches in 2018-19 and scored more minutes than any other player in the Ontario Ice Hockey League that entered the match Monday night between Canada and Russia.
In the summer, he began to work to improve his condition because he knew he would take the lead role in Peterborough, and he has his fingers overcome by the fact that all ice time pays off for NHL visits.
"My goal is to get at the end of the year," said Brantford, Ont., Home, who was born six days after the border line for the NHL design in 2018.
"I also want to give my team a chance to win every night – it would be great if we could make a really good playoffs. I think we are capable of something special."
Jones left with 11-8-0 with 2.51 goals and against the average and .927 save a percentage of helping Peterborough to hold around the center of the pack in the league rankings after Petes won only 23 of the 68 games and missed the post-season in his novice year.
Its percentage of savings is even more impressive when you think they face the most rubber of all goalkeepers at 32 trips for a trip.
He says the key to his success in the early season is the style of style he was trying to play with those six legs of forty pounds.
"I am powerful, I'm athletic, I'm not slow in the network, I like to use my speed when I can get my size," Jones said.
As well as this season for Jones, which was chosen for the OHL team as part of the six-series of games against the Russians, the same can not be said about the adversity that came in its year.
The past season was the learning curve after coming out of Junior A when he spent the season backing Dylan Wells, usually just getting leftovers at the end of a three-game-in-three-day set. He played only 15 games, routed 3-9-0, and allowed more than five goals against a single trip to the team who finished second last on the OHL Eastern Conference.
Due to his number and limited role, Jones entered this year as Goalkeeper No. 8 in a number of Canadian hockey leagues from NHL Central Scouting and felt he needed to better understand OHL to do it himself.
"Speed and speed of everything," Jones said of what he had to figure out to be successful. "The bullets come faster, you have to read the game faster, that's a huge role when you're a goalie.
"I'm definitely a better goalie than I last year."
The Canadian-Russian series gives the best Canadian juniors the opportunity to show the world of junior coach Tim Huntter what they have before the December selection camp. While the chances for this year's teams are against Jones, he still believes he has the talent to get Hunter's attention, even if it means staying on the radar by 2020.
"I think I have the talent to achieve this goal," Jones said. "I'm at 18 years old if this is going to happen this year, but I think I'm able to make a team this season and that's their plan."