Jack Johnson is a name known by hockey scouts across the country. The 6-foot-one, 210-pound defenseman is considered one of the top prospects for the upcoming 2005 NHL draft.
Recently rated as the No. 5 North American skater by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau and the No. 2 prospect by the International Scouting Service, Johnson's skills will be on display in Ann Arbor next winter so GBW recently caught up with Jack to chat about his recruitment along with other things.
Which schools were recruiting you before you committed to Michigan?
"Minnesota, Harvard, Wisconsin, Boston University, and Michigan State."
"I committed when I was a 14-year-old."
Did you take an official visit?
"Not yet. I'm taking an official in two weekends against Bowling Green."
What would you say are your strengths as a player?
"Probably my skating and puck handling."
What NHL player would you say your game resembles?
"Ed Jovanovski" (Vancouver Canucks)
When did you know that Michigan was where you should play your college hockey?
"I had grown up coming to these games at Yost and then I had moved to Minnesota and seen the Gopher games and that's when I knew I really liked the tradition at Michigan and wanted to play there. Plus I really want a national championship."
Have you ever had the opportunity to skate with your future teammates or is Saturday going to be your first time?
"I've played pick up with a couple of them at Yost, Hunwick and Hensick, and I played last year with Porter and Kolarik on the Under-18 team (U.S. NTDP Team) for the second half of the season."
Have you decided what you want to study yet?
"Kinesiology – I'd like to get into sports management."
What has been your favorite part about the U.S. National Team Developmental Program experience?
"I'd say being able to represent my country in international tournaments."
GBW will have more on Jack Johnson posted in the upcoming weeks.
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