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For Immediate Release

Johnson makes history at the NHL draft

Trail, British Columbia (July 23rd, 2021) – Friday night at the NHL Draft, Smoke Eater alumni Kent Johnson, made history as the highest Smoke Eater ever to be drafted into the NHL, going fifth overall to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Johnson who was named league MVP, top scorer, most Sportsmanlike and CJHL Top Forward in his second and final year in Trail where he tallied 108 points in 56 games. After putting himself front and centre on ever NHL scouting radar, Johnson took his skills to the Michigan Wolverines of the NCAA where in his freshman year had 27 points in 26 games, Now he’ll look ahead to his first NHL game in the not to distant future with the Blue Jackets.

It’s just a huge honour to be drafted, a dream come true. I’m so thankful to everyone who has helped me get to this point today.” – Kent Johnson

“The Smoke Eaters are so proud to see Kent drafted in the first round. Kent brought so much excitement to our fans and gave us so many memorable nights inside Cominco Arena. We are all excited to cheer and follow Kent on his path to the NHL.” – Craig Clare, Director of Hockey Operations.

The Smoke Eaters would like to congratulate Kent on this amazing accomplishment and wish him continued success in his hockey career!