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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 14th, 2018
TRAIL, B.C. – The Trail Smoke Eaters Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce forward Kent Johnson (’02) has committed to the University of Michigan Wolverines for the 2020-21 season.
Johnson, 16, is in his first season with the Smoke Eaters as well as the BC Hockey League, scoring 11 goals and adding 12 assists for 23 points to go along with 22 penalty minutes this season in 35 games played. The 6’1”, 167-pound forward started the season with a six-game point streak and is tied for the BCHL lead in scoring from an ’02-born player with his 23 points.
The Port Moody, BC native came to Trail after a terrific season with the Burnaby Winter Club Midget Prep squad in the Canadian Sports School Hockey League (CSSHL), where he led in his team in scoring with 29 goals and 46 assists for 75 points in just 35 games played. Johnson finished second in scoring in the Midget Prep division in the CSSHL during the 2017/18 season while also playing in two games with the Smoke Eaters as an affiliate player.
“I am proud to announce my commitment to play at the University of Michigan,” said Smoke Eaters forward Kent Johnson, “The facilities, campus and schooling are some of the best in college hockey and I can’t wait to continue my hockey career as a Wolverine. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way.”
“I am so excited for Kent and the Johnson family to be a part of the University of Michigan family,” commented Smoke Eaters General Manager and Head Coach Jeff Tambellini, ”I can speak first hand on what an amazing University and hockey program he is now going to be a part of. Kent is an outstanding young man who has showcased elite talent and character, especially for his age, this season. We are going to continue to help him develop as a player and as a person for the next year and a half and have him ready to be an impact freshman in the NCAA.”
The University of Michigan Wolverines play out of the Big 10 Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), winning the West Regional a season ago en route to a Frozen Four appearance. The Wolverines are coached by Mel Pearson, who is his second season as the Head Coach of the program, holding a record of 27-19-3 over his 49 games at the helm.
The Smoke Eaters and Vees drop the puck to begin their home-and-home set at 7:00 PM from the South Okanagan Events Centre. The pre-game show gets underway at 6:50 PM on mixlr.com/trail-smoke-eaters as well as HockeyTV.com with the Voice of the Smoke Eaters, Trevor Miller. Trail returns home on Saturday night to host the Vees with the annual Teddy Bear and Toque Toss taking place at the Trail Memorial Centre. Tickets can be purchased at the Smoke Eaters Main Office as well as at the door ahead of the opening face-off of 7:00 PM.