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Big Ten Hockey: Nicholas Jones leaves Ohio State

If a player leaves for juniors without a press release and no one reports on it for a week, does it really happen?

Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik
Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik
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Ohio State forward Nicholas Jones will return to junior hockey with Pentiction Vees (BCHL) after leaving the team last week.

The Vees acquired Jones' rights Sunday as part of a three-team trade. He will make his BCHL debut Friday. Jones joins a familiar name in the Big Ten. Former Penn State forward Scott Conway, who was dismissed from the Nittany Lions after his freshman season, is also playing for Penticton this season and leads the team in scoring, The Vees also two potential 2016 first round draft picks in Tyson Jost (North Dakota commit) and Dante Fabbro (Boston University).

Jones, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, played 3 games in his sophomore season at Ohio State. His last appearance with the Buckeyes was on October 16 against Miami. He did not appear in the series finale the next day and has been gone since last Tuesday.

Ohio State is currently 0-6 on the year after being swept by defending national champion Providence.

The 5'11", 180 lbs 19 year-old finishes his OSU career with six points in 29 games, mostly playing on Ohio State's fourth line. Prior to playing college hockey, Jones finished third in the Alberta Junior Hockey League in scoring with 41 goals.

Jones would be eligible to play second semester 2016-17 if he chooses to transfer to another school.