The Berkshire-born centreman, 28, will arrive with the Smith Recycling-backed Lightning having made more than a dozen
senior appearances for his country – meaning his abilities are already well known to Lightning and GB Head Coach, Pete Russell.
Jonathan learned the game as part of the Swindon hockey organisation, where he remained until he was 16 before moving to the United States. There he continued his schooling, competing with Northwood School near Lake Placid. In the same period he earned selection for Great Britain at U18 level in two consecutive seasons – in the first year as part of the team winning gold at the World Junior Championships.
2009 saw a move to New England College for four seasons where he further polished his skills in the NCAA. In his final season there Jon was second from top points scorer for the team.
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Jonathan returned to the UK in 2013 having put pen to paper on a contract with the Elite League’s Nottingham Panthers. During his first season he helped Panthers win the EIHL Cup; in his second season, the Panthers topped the Earhardt Conference and earned his first senior call up for Great Britain, earning a silver medal at the World Championships in Holland.
In 2015 came the switch to Belfast Giants and another chance to play for his country, helping the national team to another silver medal.
Now, Jon’s career takes another step as he joins one of the Elite League’s new entrants, tasked with helping the ambitious Lightning organisation make an impression.