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Ottawa Senators Assistant Coach Bob Jones Is Diagnosed With ALS And Fans Can’t Stop Mourning

Jones, 53, is currently head coach D.J. Smith's staff on July 5, 2019. Jones, 53, is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Senators.

Jones, 53, is currently head coach D.J. Smith's staff on July 5, 2019. Jones, 53, is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Senators. (Image credits: Twitter)
By Sri Praneeth Palli | Jan 24, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Ottawa Senators assistant coach Bob Jones has been diagnosed with ALS, the team announced Tuesday. Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said Jones will continue his coaching duties. “Bob Jones, a loyal member of our family, has been diagnosed with ALS,” Dorion said. “Bob and his family want to take the bold step of publicizing his condition to raise awareness of the disease-fighting ALS. “We have worked internally with Bob and his family to meet this challenge. Bob will continue his coaching duties but will be stepping away from the club to focus on his health and family., has the full support of the organization to allow vacations at any time of the season. The family asked those considering donating to consider both the ALS Association of Canada and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“The thoughts and blessings of the entire National Hockey League family are with Ottawa Senators assistant coach Bob Jones and his family,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. We salute his bravery and support him and his family in this fight.”

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Jones, 53, is currently head coach D.J. Smith’s staff on July 5, 2019. Jones is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Senators. He joined head coach D.J. Smith’s staff on July 5, 2019. A former Sioux Greyhounds defenseman, he has coached in the American Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League, the latter as head coach for the Oshawa Generals. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, or motor neuron disease), according to ALS.ca, “because the brain can no longer communicate with the muscles of the body, it gradually makes people incapacitated. It’s a liberating disease. Over time, as the body’s muscles break down, people with ALS lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, sleep, swallow, and ultimately breathe.

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