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Player Profile: Josh Jooris

A closer look at a "feel-good story" that is embracing every moment.

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Josh Jooris
Centre
#16
6'-1" 187lbs.
Shoots Right
Born July 14, 1990 in Burlington, Ontario
Signed as a Free Agent by the Flames in 2013

(Stats from the Flames website)

In his last 5 games Jooris had 2 assists for 2 points and had a plus/minus rating of +2.

This season Jooris played in 59 games and finished the season with 4 goals and 9 assists for 13 points according to the Flames website.

As reported by a Matchsticks article by Mark Parkinson, Jooris is on the last year of a contract that paid him $975,000 and just one of many Flames players that will be looking for new deals, and more money. What he has going against him is the fact that Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan are also up for new deals.

Jooris was a healthy scratch for about a third of this season but his story is a "feel-good story" according to an Calgary Herald article by Wes Gilbertson. Jooris was eligible for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft but was not picked. So Josh went down and played 2 seasons with the Burlington Cougars, a Junior A team in his home town.

After his two seasons with the Cougars, Jooris played three seasons with the Union College Dutchmen before joining the Abbotsford Heat in 2013. He finally broke into the Flames lineup in the 2014/15 season where he scored 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points in 60 games.

Jooris played in his 100th NHL game on February 23rd against the Los Angeles Kings, a milestone he said came quick in the Herald article.

"It feels like just yesterday I got the call to Columbus, and that was my first NHL game. The fact that it got to 100 pretty quick, that just goes to show you that time goes fast and you have to embrace everything."

Jooris is embracing everything and says he has been learning from watching the game from the press box or workout room.

"In this league, you have to be at your best night-in, night out, because there are always guys -€” especially in this organization -€” who can play and are willing to take spots."

Only time will tell what becomes of Josh Jooris. In my opinion he is a really good player with a lot of value, however he is unfortunately playing on a team chalked full of young talent that has been lighting the lamp a lot.