A member of the 1998 Stokane Chiefs Memorial Cup winning team, there was a time when he was considered to be a pretty good prospect. Chicago drafted him in the 1st round, selected 16th overall, in 1997.
But he never really caught on. Then in 2002 he missed much of the season with a terrible shoulder injury, thanks a hockey fight. He missed 6 months after doctors put six screws into his shoulder.
That is when his story becomes really interesting. Norfolk coach Trent Yawney suggested he may be entitled to workers' compensation. He applied, was denied and challenged the system through the court system.
The Virginia Court of Appeals upheld a Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission finding that ''fighting is an integral part of the game of hockey'' and that American Ty Jones' injury arose in the course of his employment as an ''enforcer.''
Neither the court system nor the compensation board ever released how much money he was entitled to.