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2013 WMU Athletic Hall of Fame Profile: Keith Jones

Courtesy: Taylor Smith, Staff Writer
Release: 10/14/2013
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Keith Jones attributes his success as a WMU student-athlete, NHL player, and studio analyst to teamwork.

“Teamwork would be the number one thing I took from my time at Western Michigan,” said Jones.

Jones played hockey at Western Michigan University from 1988 to 1992. During his time as a student-athlete he received Honorable Mention for the CCHA All-Rookie Team (1988-89), First Team All-CCHA (1991-92), along with being the 14th WMU Hockey All-Time Scoring Leader with 163 points. Jones will be only the eighth Bronco hockey inductee into the WMU Athletic Hall of Fame.

“It was pretty neat making the ‘91-92 First Team All-CCHA just because I had so much help from the guys that I played with,” said Jones. “We had a team that heavily relied on each individual.”

After his time at Western Michigan Jones played in the National Hockey League where he played in 491 career games, and tallied 117 goals and 141 assists for 258 points. Jones co-authored the book, Jonesy: Put Your Head Down and Skate, which follows Keith’s journey through hockey. He is currently a studio analyst for The NHL on the NBC Sports Network. Jones credits his post-collegiate success to the experiences he had as a Bronco student-athlete.

“I learned how to play a lot of different roles,” said Jones, “and I think that really helped me with my hockey career, and my experiences have been a great attribute for my broadcast career.”

With the Oct. 18 Western Michigan Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony quickly approaching Jones has found himself reflecting on fond memories.

“It means a great deal to be in the Hall of Fame,” said Jones. “It’s a wake-up call that time sure flies by, but it’s a happy one because I get to think about the great experiences I had.”

The 2013 WMU Athletic Hall of Fame Class, which will be honored at the Fetzer Center on campus on Oct. 18, consists of six members (four men and two women). Inductees represent the tale end of the 1960’s, the 1980’s, 1990’s and early 2000’s.