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Atlanta Thrashers add some down-home charm with Jared Ross


In a deal that won’t be officially announced until tomorrow, the Atlanta Thrashers have signed Jared Ross from the Philadelphia, Flyers. The 5-9, 165-pound center is the only NHL player to be born, raised, and trained in the American South. He spent four seasons with the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers from 2001 to 2005. In 2004 Ross made his professional debut with the Motor City Mechanics in the United Hockey League, and then spent two seasons with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves before being traded to the Philadelphia Phantoms (now Adirondack Phantoms) in 2007. In the 2007-2008 season he lead the Phantoms with 62 points, prompting the parent-club Philadelphia Flyers to sign Ross to a two-way contract on April 8, 2008.

Despite making the Flyers roster at the beginning of the season, Ross spent most of the 2008-2009 season with the Phantoms, where he once again lead the team with 69 points and tied for team lead in goals with 29. Ross was recalled by the Flyers for all six of their 2008-09 playoffs games against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was in game three that he scored his first — and currently only — career NHL goal, helping beat goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury 6-3. He appeared in three postseason games in the 2009-2010 playoffs but did not post any points.

While his AHL stats are impressive, Ross’s NHL stats are still sorely lacking. However, his presence on the Thrashers is a welcomed marketing move in the deep South where hockey has to work a little differently to win over the locals. Seeing a Southern boy lace-up with the best of them is sure to connect with Southerners who are still on the fence about hockey. For Southerners who are already into the sport, Ross may provide some regional pride, a guy we can point to and say he’s from our neck of the woods.

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  1. Lacey Ryan
    July 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Yay a Southern boy. If Kane could bring in black people, Ross should bring in some more Southerners.

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