Teammates become rivals as USHL blueline partners Jones, Attard snapped up by Rangers, Flyers

Tri-City Storm defended Zac Jones and Ronnie Attard as one of the best couples in the entire USHL last season and won a gold medal with Team USA at World Jr. A Challenge. But friends can one day become enemies after they are chosen by rival clubs.

They were one of the most dangerous combos in USHL, so it was fair when the defensive Tri-City Storm Zac Jones and partner Ronnie Attard were grabbed in just a few of their options in the 2019 draft. Jones flirted with reporters’ questions when I informed him that Attard was chosen after him, making an enthusiastic person so enthusiastic! There was a small push, however.

Jones was ranked 68th by the New York Rangers, while Attard was grabbed for his 72nd choice by rival Philadelphia Flyers. However, Jones was ecstatic because of his best friend.

Jones said  that: “I’m so proud of him. He and I worked so hard this year. I’m excited for him and I’m excited to play against him – that should be a fun rivalry.”

Jones is a breakout star for Storm this season, using edgework and great mobility to compress the tape and create insult. He is not only suitable for rebuilding Rangers (who had a great second day of the draft after winning Kaapo Kakko on January 1), but New York is also a great place for him.

“My family is from Binghamton, N.Y., so they are currently pumping it all, right now”, Jones said. Then he cannot wait to become a Forest Ranger. In addition to helping Tri-City win the regular season title of USHL, Jones and Attard, it also won gold for the US Team at World Jr. A Challenge in December. On the way, Attard set a record of USHL on the number of goals scored by a defender when he scored the 20th, ending the season with 30.

Just 20 years old, Attard was adopted twice in the draft, but a big summer saw his skating speed up, while his game became smarter. Playing with Jones doesn’t hurt. “The time and space he created, he could find me anywhere on the tape”, said Attard. He added: “That worked well for us”.


In fact, Attard cited Jones as the No. 1 reason for his improvement, with increased confidence (supported by coach Anthony Noreen) second. “From day 1, we came and said that we would become the best D D couple in the tournament”, according to Jones. More and more, what he said and it works pretty well for them.

Attard may have gone to Western Michigan University last season, but decided his development would be supported by becoming a big fish with Tri-City. He will participate in Broncos next season, where Michigan natives are playing close to home and for veteran coach Andy Murray.

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Meanwhile, Jones will head east to UMass, where the Minutemen turn everything on the backs of cruel men like Cale Makar and Mario Ferraro. “I love their coaching staff with Greg Carvel and you just need to look at the defenses they’ve developed”, said Jones. “They were not in a good position when I committed there, but I knew they would be in the right place because of that coaching staff”.

When it turned out, UMass was making the best season ever in the Frozen Four final. The draft is where dreams come true for all selected children, but it is extremely exciting to see the relationship between Jones and Attard in real time. Jones even has a little fun with his best friend, sneaking into the media Attard, and using the pen as a microphone to grill his “D”partner. He even mentioned the competition of Rangers-Flyers in their lives.


Did you know about the History of Field Hockey

If you’re passionate about hockey, it’s great to try and learn something about it. Understanding the history of the game is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the tradition of the sport.

Whether you are an active and enthusiastic player or just a supporter, learning history is the key to becoming a true understanding of the game. Moreover, it definitely makes it a lot easier to engage in real conversations with other hockey enthusiasts.

The origin of hockey

Hockey sport was first played in the 19th century. It took a lot of effort and development of several variations, before it became a game like today. Initially it was very rough and physical before some London cricket players changed that aspect while playing in their season.

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It took some effort to put the rules together before the pioneers figured it out. The first international competition began in 1895 between Ireland and Wales.

The development of international hockey

Hockey was included in the 1908 Olympic calendar. It was played only by three teams: England, Scotland and Ireland. However, the game was officially included in the 1928 Olympic Games, in Amsterdam. Women’s Hockey first appeared in the 1980 Olympics, in Moscow.

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Sports structure

The British army certainly played an important role in spreading this game throughout the British Empire. It was only after the English and Belgian hockey teams competed against each other, the international structure of the sport began. This saw the teams then join the French federation, to form an international hockey federation or Fédération International de Hockey (FIH). Starting only with seven founding members, FIH currently has 127 member countries.

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A sport named Hockey, originally starting with a simple stick and a ball, now enjoys a large amount. Although this article does not have much to offer, there are other interesting facts to learn about this sport.