Alvin "Buck" Jones
My favorite Hershey Bears player of all-time. Alvin "Buck" Jones played for the Chocolate and White from 1948 to 1950. His stint in Hershey was well after his NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1930s and 1940s. Jones played a total of 131 NHL games and was know as a tough defenseman who battled toe to toe with Boston Bruin great Eddie Shore.
While with the Red Wings, Jones played with future Hall of Famers Sid Abel, Tiny Thompson, Herbie Lewis, Marty Barry, Charlie Conacher and Syd Howe.
According to Jones, "I do believe the two seasons I was in Hershey were the most memorable years in my hockey career."
His summers in Hershey were spent landscaping at the Hershey Hotel. Gardening remains an interest for the 88 year old resident of Tampa. Jones and his wife, Anna Kay, also are active as volunteers at Tampa General Hospital.
Jones's two sons didn't follow in Buck's footsteps. Each earned football scholarships to Division I schools.
(Photos: Jones with the Bears, Jones at his residence at 222 Cocoa Avenue in Hershey)