A Summerland Steam hockey player has signed a deal to play pro hockey in the United Kingdom.
Adam Jones, a defense player with the Steam, has signed with the Telford Tigers, in the English Premier Ice Hockey League.
The team is considered Division II Pro in the United Kingdom, a level below the Elite Ice Hockey League.
Jones, who was born in Birmingham, U.K., has played hockey in Canada since the 2010 to 2011 season.
He has played on Okanagan Hockey Academy teams and teams with the Banff Hockey Academy, as well as with the Lower Austria Stars in Europe.
During the last two hockey seasons, he has played with the Summerland Steam.
He was the Steam’s top defense player, with 10 goals and 22 assists in 98 career games in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
Tom Watkins, coach of the Telford Tigers, said he is impressed with Jones’s performance.
“He’s steady on the puck, very calm and reads the game well,” Watkins said.
“He just comes out and plays hard, which is one of the things I like about him. Adam will bring with him that tough North American style of play.”