Q & A with Keith Jones

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst INovember 15, 2008

First off, I want to thank Jonesy for taking time out of his hectic schedule to sit down with me, so thanks a lot Keith. I wish I could have taken video of the interview because of how funny he is. Every question I had except for one, he would say: Wow, this question sucks too, so it was a great surrounding and very cool.

Question 1: When you look back at your career, who was the greatest player you watched and also played for?

Keith Jones: "Obviously like every guy in my age group or so, (Wayne) Gretzky was so dominant and awesome to see. He was the greatest I watched. As far as my playing days, without a doubt it was Peter Forsberg. When healthy there was nobody that could touch him, and it was special to be on ice with him."

Question 2: You see a guy like Mike Richards who is only 23 and is a captain. When you played, if a guy was that young and named captain of your team, how would you and the rest of the guys take it?

Keith Jones: "As long as it's the right guy, no problem. Leadership is something you can never take lightly and when you have a guy like Richie (Richards), who embodies everything a captain should, as a player you can only follow his lead and that's what the players should look at. And if he has the right stuff, it doesn't matter who wears the letter."

Question 3: If you weren't a hockey player, what would you be doing now?

Keith Jones: "I have no idea, what does it say in the book? (laughs) Well, I know I wouldn't be doing what I do now, all the broadcasting stuff. But I know I would be scrambling to make a living I'm sure. Let's put it this way: I'm lucky I played."

Question 4: How hard was the transition from hockey to the media end of everything?

Keith Jones: "It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be I'll tell you that. It was hard work, I'm very happy to be working with Comcast Sports Net because they let me get my feet wet with doing the post-games for the Flyers, which gave me a more casual setting in the beginning. The first couple times on ESPN was very difficult. I wasn't used to the IFB cord in your ear with people talking to you while you were talking at the same time. So it was great getting my feet wet with Comcast."

Question 5: What was the greatest game you were ever a part of?

Keith Jones: "Wow, let me think, this is a hard one to think about. I don't even have one I think, probably the five overtime games with the Flyers, let's go with that."

Question 6: You write the book "Put Your Head Down and Skate," was it easy to write a book about you and your career? And do you see yourself doing more of that in the future?

Keith Jones: "I don't think I'll ever do that again, it was very difficult. It was basically a guy interviewing me asking question and recording my answers, so there was so much that went into it.

"With all the spelling and grammar and me not being a grammatical scholar it was rough. But in the end, I had fun with it. All of the selling went to charity so it was all worth it. But it was definitely harder than I ever thought it would be."

Question 7: There's an interesting story about an incident in which you practically saved Eric Lindros' life, can you explain that a little bit?

Keith Jones: "Sure, but that story is kind of overrated. I was his roommate and I came back to the room one night and it was during the time with his collapsed lung. He was unconscious in the bathtub, so I got a hold of someone and got him to the hospital. Whatever is in the book then that explains it all."

Question 8: Last question. When you look back at your career, what can you say you took from the NHL to what you do now?

Keith Jones: "Teamwork, no doubt about it, being part of a team. Being mixed with a bunch trying to get the same job complete to the best of our ability is a lot work and very demanding, and we all extend ourselves with the same club. I try to be the best I can, and help people excel in what they do. So it really brings a lot of joy to myself to know the game helped me all of that."

Myself: Once again, Keith thanks so much for taking the time out for this, it was great to talk again.

Keith Jones: " No problem bud, great job, hopefully people read this and take you for who you are and what you try to do, you're the man, now get the hell out of here. Go Flyers!!

Thanks for waiting for this everybody. I wanted to get this done as quickly as possible because of what happened with all the Mike Richards delay. Bernie Parent will probably be next.


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