Portland, OR – We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Portland Buckaroos star Art Jones, 86. Jones played over 1,300 regular season and postseason games in the old Western Hockey League, including a storied 14-year career with the Buckaroos. The Bangor, Saskatchewan native served as Portland’s captain for 11 seasons, claiming two MVP titles and leading the Buckaroos to three Lester Patrick Cup Championships.
“Art was a trailblazer for hockey in Portland and he is one of the best to ever play the game. He helped lay down the foundation of what hockey should be like at the Memorial Coliseum,” Winterhawks team President Doug Piper said. “We would like to share our condolences with the Jones family and celebrate the incredible man we loved.”
As a member of the 1960-61 Buckaroos team, Jones was one of the first to play in the newly built Veterans Memorial Coliseum and in the team’s first season of existence in the WHL, Portland went on to beat the Seattle Totems in the league championship.
Nicknamed the “Red Baron” for his incredible scoring touch, Art Jones netted 1580 points in 1180 regular season WHL games, which is the second most in WHL history. In 1970, he set the WHL scoring record for most points (127) in a season. Jones settled in Portland after retiring from hockey and he was named to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.