Windsor Spitfires Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel today announced the signing of American forward Ben Johnson to an OHL contract and education package. Johnson, a free agent acquisition by Windsor, scored 37 goals and added 40 assists for 77 points in 30 games with Calumet High School in Michigan. He also played four games for the United States Under-17 Development Program (USDP) and scored four goals with five points.
This past season, Johnson was selected to the Michigan High School Athletic Association conference 1st All-Star Team for hockey and was awarded 1st Team All-State honours for Michigan High School hockey players. He was also selected to the Dream Team (voted on by the coaches) as a Michigan High School hockey player and was chosen as Mr. Hockey as the top Michigan High School hockey player. This was only the second time that a junior earned the award, with Justin Abdelkader of Mona Shores H.S. being the first to accomplish in 2003-2004. Abdelkader currently plays for the Detroit Red Wings. To top off an impressive year, Johnson’s exemplary character and sportsmanship, earned him the 2011 Hobey Baker Character Award.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to play for the Windsor Spitfires, I love the city already and I’m looking forward to playing here. I think playing in the OHL will help my hockey career, the OHL is the best junior league in the world and it will be a big step for me but one that I look forward to,” said Ben Johnson.
“The Windsor Spitfires are really excited to add a player of Johnson’s caliber; he has exceptional speed and is a solid two-way player who is tough to play against. He’ll be one of the fastest players in the OHL next season. Johnson has three years of eligibility to play in the OHL and he will fit in well with our talented 1994 crop of players,” said Warren Rychel.
Johnson’s parents are Kevin and Kate, and his are siblings Alina, Jessica, Anna and Jared. Ben will continue his studies at St. Anne’s High School in Lakeshore, ON next season.
Number: 12 Pos: Forward Height: 5.11
Weight: 185 lbs Birthdate: June 7, 1994
Hometown: Calumet, MI
Season Team GP G A PTS
2010 – 2011 Calumet H.S. 30 37 40 77
2010 – 2011 USDP U-17 4 4 1 5
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