Adam Jones will finally once again play lacrosse at home.
It's been five years since he last played for an Owen Sound team, but on Friday night Jones will pull an orange-and-black sweater over his head and make his debut with the Owen Sound Quantum Properties Senior B NorthStars.
They play host to Oakville, with both teams contending for first place in the seven-team Senior B league. Game time is 8 p.m. at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.
During the time Jones was away, the 22-year-old Owen Sound native was named the most valuable player at the world under-19 field lacrosse championship, won two Minto Cups with Orangeville in Canadian Junior A ranks, and earned all-American status at Canisius College, where he majored in physical education.
He spent last winter with the Colorado Mammoth and was named the National Lacrosse League's rookie of the year as well as an all-star. And he's recently dabbled in a bit of pro field lacrosse in Hamilton.
Significantly, he also spent considerable time rehabilitating his surgically repaired left knee. He tore the ACL and sprained the MCL during a practice in March 2011. That prevented him from possibly playing at home last summer with family and friends.
But it can finally happen now that he's healthy and the NorthStars have worked out an arrangement with the Brooklin Redmen, who control Jones' rights in Major Series Lacrosse.
The Redmen have reportedly agreed to let Jones play for Owen Sound if he agrees to also play a couple of games with Brooklin in order to be eligible for the MSL playoffs and the Mann Cup if the Redmen make it that far.
Jones is excited to suit up with the NorthStars, a team that looms large in his family history. His grandfather, his father and uncles all played for the original franchise and now his dad, Brian Jones, and his uncle, Mark Kazarian, are the club's assistant coaches.
He'll be joined on Friday by at least two of his cousins, Bryan Kazarian and Mike MacLeod. There's a possibility that yet another cousin, Mat MacLeod, may also be in the lineup. All are the grandsons of the late Harry Kazarian, the city's preeminent lacrosse legend.
Jones says his knee feels fine on the cement floor and he's looking forward to having some fun.
NorthStars head coach Brandon Sanderson says he's thrilled to have a sniper of Jones' calibre in the lineup, pointing out that he's an elite player in the NLL and certainly one of the most well-regarded lacrosse players in the world.