Martin Jones reflects on lessons learned from first NHL call-up

Now back in Manchester, goaltender Martin Jones took some time to answer a few questions for MayorsManor. With Jonathan Quick sidelined due to injury, the 24-year-old netminder was summoned to Los Angeles, making his NHL debut on December 3 in Anaheim. He went on to post a 10-2-2 record with a 2.16 goals against average and .930 save percentage. Jones was also named the NHL’s co-Rookie of the Month for December.

Reflecting back on the overall experience, here’s what he shared…

On his first NHL experience:

“It’s a great experience, anytime you can be up there and get to practice with those guys and then get in some games and have some success. It’s a great experience but it’s good motivation for me when you get a taste of it like that, to get back there.”

On if it was hard to stay positive when he was sitting out at the beginning:

“No, I mean my job up there is to do whatever I was needed to do. Whether that was to be a good teammate and support Scrivs and work hard in practice or eventually getting in some games. I was happy to do whatever they needed me to do. Obviously I was anxious to get in the game ,but everything worked out pretty good.”

On any specific high or low points:

“Winning the first one was a pretty special experience. There were so many games in such a short amount of time you can’t really get too high or too low, you have to try and stay as even as you can and be consistent.”

On the hardest adjustment he had to make:

“Again, I think there wasn’t anything too major that needed adjusting. Just getting up to speed with the pace of play and the way some of those guys can shoot the puck. Like I said, I was anxious to get in that first game, but I think a week or two or practice there with the guys probably didn’t hurt me.”

On what veteran player helped him out the most:

“It’s really a great group of guys up there and a really good veteran group. Every guy is really helpful and really welcoming to you to the team. Obviously I was working with Scrivs for the most part. He’s a great teammate as well. I can’t say enough good things about the group of guys up there.”

On if he had any favorite arenas that he played in:

“Honestly, it’s just fun playing at that level. Pretty much every building you got to is a lot of fun. I got to play in Montreal and Chicago. Those are pretty fun buildings to play in.”

On if he received any texts after his first win:

“I have a great support group back home. A lot of messages back home.”

On making the AHL All-Star team:

“It’s a great honor. It’s going to be a fun experience getting to play the teams from Sweeden there. Just going to try to enjoy it and have fun with it.”

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