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Defenseman Caleb Jones ready to take what he learned to Oilers

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Defenseman Caleb Jones is likely to go from the Portland Winterhawks to the NHL.Caleb Jones did not get to experience a Western Hockey League championship like his older brother, Seth, did during his time with the Portland Winterhawks.

But Caleb, who expects to begin his professional hockey career next season, credits his two years in Portland for his promising future.

"I did a lot of growing up here," Jones said after the Winterhawks were eliminated from the 2017 playoffs by Kelowna. "This place is great — the city, the fans, the coaches."

Jones was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 2015, before he played for the Winterhawks but after two seasons in the U.S. Hockey League with the USA Hockey under-17 and under-18 teams. Once he was drafted by the Oilers, Portland provided the place to prepare Jones for life in the pros.

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