Josh Jooris was linked to Swiss clubs several times in the past… and now, finally, this guy who plays with a Swiss licence, arrived in the National League and more precisely he landed in Lausanne! It’s safe to say that the Lions Vaudois signed a very good player. The 29 years old forward in fact, who collected over 200 NHL appearances, is considered to be a hard-working player with above average faceoff numbers.
Let’s get to know more about him.
Date of birth: July 14th, 1990
Position: C / RW
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Josh Jooris was born on July 14th, 1990, in Burlington (Ontario, Canada), the same city that gave birth to a certain Cory Conacher, former Bern player. Josh’s father – Mark Jooris – was also a professional hockey player and even played in Switzerland for Lausanne, Genève Servette, Rapperswil and Biel-Bienne back in the 90s.
LAUSANNE IN JOSH’S DESTINY
Josh Jooris plays with a Swiss licence because as a child he played for the “Piccolo” right in… Lausanne, when his father was a “Lion Vaudois”. We mean, one way or another, it looks like Lausanne was his destiny. Josh then came back to Burlington, his birthplace, where he played for the Burlington Cougars between 2008 and 2010.
THE COLLEGE AND THE CALGARY FLAMES
Josh Jooris is undrafted and played in the NCAA for the Union College three seasons starting from 2010. Over the years, he took part in the summer training camps with the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks without success. At the third attempt to make it to the an NHL organization though, it went well… the Calgary Flames offered him a contract and assigned him to their AHL farm team – the Abbotsford Heat – for the 2013-14 seaosn.
NHL DEBUT AND THEN… BOUNCING BETWEEN THE NHL/AHL
After the first season with the Abbotsford Heat, Josh Jooris impressed the Calgary Flames staff during the summer camp of 2014. To the point that the guy played basically only in the NHL during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. The second season with the Flames, however, was not as successful as the first one for Josh Jooris… and so, as a “Free Agent”, he signed for the New York Rangers on the eve of the 2016-17 season. From that moment on, Josh Jooris bounced between the NHL (where he played also for the Arizona Coyotes, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins) and the AHL (where he played for the Charlotte Checkers and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins).
AHL AND SWITZERLAND
We therefore move to last season (2018-19). Josh Jooris signed a 1-year two-ways contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs… but eventually spent all the season in the AHL playing for the Toronto Marlies. And so, he decided to cross the ocean and try his luck in Europe. Right where it all started years before… that is, in Lausanne!
Josh Jooris is considered to be a hard-working player and fans have lots of expectations on him.
In order to get to know more about him though, we got in touch with someone who’s been following him from close in the recent past. We had therefore the pleasure to meet Hardev Lad, SB Nation writer and editor, other than Toronto Marlies reporter. Below, his impression on Josh Jooris.
Josh Jooris was a very important veteran winger for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ development team, Toronto Marlies, last season. Jooris played in the bottom half of the forward lineup and was a very responsible defensive forward.
He was paired up with center Colin Greening for much of the season and the two did their best work on the penalty kill on the team’s top group. Jooris is very dependable in all three zones, but never really got to show off much offense on the team — he was started in the defensive zone a lot.
He is a good, clean player and we were very excited for him when we heard that he was going to play in Switzerland. I’m sure he’s going to show Lausanne and their fans the quality of people Toronto brings into its organization and I hope he gives you all something to cheer about every night!
Thank you very much Hardev Lad!
Well, certainly Josh Jooris is not a sniper… and his record of goals scored in a season was 12 (in 60 games) with the Calgary Flames during the 2014-15 season. But a team cannot live on snipers alone… in fact, you always need reliable hard-working players who can work in all the zones and with different characteristics. In our opinion, Josh Jooris is a great addition for the Lions Vaudois and his North American experience will be very important.
Welcome to Switzerland, Josh!
* Josh Jooris, as we said, played in the NCAA for the Union College. During the 2012-13 season, he also played alongside Sébastien Gingras… the latter is the son of Gaston Gingras, who played in Switzerland for Biel-Bienne and Lugano back in the early 90s!
* Over the years spent playing in the Calgary Flames organization, Josh Jooris was a teammate of a couple of Swiss players… we’re talking about Jonas Hiller (currently at Biel-Bienne), Raphael Diaz (currently at Zug) and Sven Bärtschi (currently at the Vancouver Canucks).
* Josh Jooris made his NHL debut on October 17th, 2014, when the Calgary Flames suffered a 3-2 overtime defeat against the Columbus Blue Jackets. But what a debut that was for Josh Jooris, who scored his first NHL goal that same night! To note also that the other goal for the Flames was scored by the former Bern player Mason Raymond.