Then and Now: Jared Ross

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Jared Ross may not be a name every Philadelphia Flyers’ fan remembers for his performance on the ice or his activity off the ice, but many will remember where Ross was born and raised.

Several NHL players have been born in the United States of America, but Ross became the first player born in Alabama to play in the National Hockey League, as he comes from the city of Huntsville. Since his time in Philadelphia, this Southerner has played for two different clubs and has posted almost a point-per-game average.

Going undrafted out of the University of Alabama-Huntsville, Ross joined the AHL’s Chicago Wolves for the beginning part of the 2006-2007 season before he joined the Philadelphia Phantoms in early March of 2007. In his first 21 games as a Phantom, Ross had four goals, one being a game-winner, as well as 10 assists, six PIMs, and a minus-six rating.

In the following fall, Ross was invited to the Flyers’ training camp and made the Phantoms’ roster for the 2007-2008 season. In his only season where he was solely a Phantom, the forward finished one goal behind Kyle Greentree for most on the team with 23, first on the team with 39 assists, and first on the team with 62 points. Ross also took part in a pair of fights during the season, as he fought Tim Conboy and Casey Borer in the same game on October 12, which was a Phantoms’ 3-0 win over the Albany River Rats.

The Phantoms were eliminated in the second round of the 2008 postseason, as they beat the River Rats in a seven-game first round series before they fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in five games. Ross did his part again, as he led the team with five goals during the postseason and added on four assists for nine points over the 12-game run.

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Ross repeated the process of going to Flyers’ training camp and spending the majority of the season with the Phantoms the following fall, but actually enjoyed some time at the NHL level during the 2008-2009 campaign. For a second straight season, Ross led the Phantoms in points with 69 while he finished tied for first on the team with 29 goals along with Jon Matsumoto and he finished second on the team with 40 assists, as Danny Syvret posted 45 helpers.

The Flyers’ first game of the season in 2008-2009 was Ross’ first NHL game. As Philly lost at home 4-3 to the New York Rangers, and Nikolai Zherdev was named the first star of the game, Ross was minus-1 with two PIMs and a shot on net in 5:25 TOI. Overall, Ross took part in 10 Flyers’ games this particular season going pointless with a minus-four rating and 12 shots on net.

In the 2009 postseason, Ross played in all six games for the Flyers in their six-game loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. In Philly’s 6-3 Game 3 win at home, Ross recorded his only point in the Orange and Black, as he put a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury early in the third period to make it 5-2 Flyers (go to 4:33).

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During the 2009-2010 campaign, Ross was named the first captain of the Adirondack Phantoms. As the leader of the team, the forward posted a team-high 34 helpers and finished tied for second on the team with 46 points trailing only Matsumoto’s 62-point display.

As for his time with the Flyers, Ross spent significantly less time in the NHL during the 2009-2010 season, but he took part in one of the league’s most memorable playoff series. After he went pointless with a minus-one rating in three regular season games, Ross took part in the first three games of the Flyers’ Eastern Conference Semifinals’ match-up against the Boston Bruins in 2010. He may not have enjoyed a single win in the series, but he did take part in the historic series nonetheless.

This ended Ross’ time with the Flyers’ organization, as he signed with the Atlanta Thrashers in the summer of 2010. He inked a one-year deal with the Thrashers where his cap hit was $500,000, but he earned $105,000 at the AHL Level, which is where he spent his entire 2010-2011 campaign.

For the 2010-2011 season, Ross played the entire year with the Thrashers’ AHL affiliate the Chicago Wolves. On the same club as former Flyer Mike Siklenka, Ross finished third on the team with 55 points, as he registered 15 goals and 40 assists. Only Jason Krog and Darren Haydar had higher point-producing seasons for the Wolves that season, as the club failed to make the playoffs with 89 points in 80 games.

During the 2010-2011 season, Ross was the recipient of a vicious hit from Grand Rapids Griffins’ player Greg Amadio in a Wolves’ 6-3 win on December 27. The hit led to a brawl later in the game.

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Last season, Ross left North America and decided to join ERC Ingolstadt of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) in Germany. Alongside former NHLers Joe Motzko, Jeremy Reich, and Tyler Bouck, Ross finished first on the team with 23 goals and third on the team with 52 points.

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As for next season, it is uncertain as to whether or not Ross will return to ERC Ingolstadt of the DEL.

  • ghettorigged

    I got to skate with jared while he was a phantom in philly. I learned that I’m taller than he is. I have photo evidence of this fact. Dude is tiny.

  • David Dionne

    In college I worked at the rink Jared played at while growing up in Huntsville. Great kid, it was clear from an early age that he possessed significant talent for the sport. It was good to see him skate with the Flyers a couple years ago.