Senators assistant coach Bob Jones was diagnosed with ALS.

Ottawa Senators Assistant coach Bob Jones has been diagnosed with ALS, the team announced Tuesday.

“A devoted member of our family, Bob Jones, has been diagnosed with ALS,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement. “Bob and his family’s wishes are for him to take the bold step of publicizing his condition in an effort to raise awareness of ALS while fighting the disease.

“We are working internally with Bob and his family as they navigate this challenge. While Bob will continue his coaching responsibilities, he has the full support of the organization to see him through the season. Duran can take any time away from the club to focus on his health and his family.”

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Jones, 53, is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Senators. He was named to head coach DJ Smith’s staff on July 5, 2019. A former Soo Greyhound defenseman, he coached in the American Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League, culminating in a head coaching position with the Oshawa Generals.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, or motor neuron disease) is, according to ALS.ca, “a disease that gradually paralyzes people because the brain can no longer communicate with the body’s muscles. is unable to move with our own will. The car will lose its ability to breathe.

“ALS is not contagious. There is no cure for ALS and there are few treatment options for the majority of people with the disease.

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