Hockey: Catching Up With Jack Johnson - Part II

With the largest graduating class in Michigan hockey history on the way out, the Wolverines will need many freshman to contribute if they expect to continue their Central Collegiate Hockey Association dominance. One player that is expected to make an immediate impact is 6-foot-1, 200-pound defender Jack Johnson.

Johnson committed to the Wolverines while he was 14-years-old and has never thought twice about his commitment. He is rated very highly by the NHL Central Scouting Agency and the International Scouting Service. GoBlueWolverine Magazine recently caught up with Jack to talk about his official visit this past weekend.

For those that missed part one, click here.

Who was your host on the official visit?

"Al Montoya and Jeff Tambellini are the ones that took me around."

What time did you get to Yost Ice Arena?

"I got there around 11:15."

What did you do at Yost?

"When I first got there, I got there for their pre-game skate and just kind of hung out with the guys. I went through their video of the power play and the penalty kill and stuff they needed to work on. Then I went to the pre-game meal, which was there at Yost, with all the guys. Then the coaches took me from there because the players went to take their pre-game nap and stuff. Billy Powers took me on a tour of Schembechler Hall and the indoor football facilities. Then toured me around campus, I saw the dorms and everything and saw Chad Kolarik and Kevin Porter. Then I went to the game and just saw what they did before the game. Then from there (after the game) I went to spend the evening with the guys, went out to dinner with Tambellini and Montoya and spent the rest of the night around."

Did any other commitments make it in?

"No, I was the only one."

How did it feel last weekend when you scored your first goal at Yost Ice Arena during the exhibition game with your U.S. NTDP team?

"It was really special being out there with those guys and playing with my teammates. It wasn't a normal game because I wasn't playing my normal physical game because those guys are my teammates. It was a different game then usual, I just tried to play a real good offensive game and play with the puck."

Are you guys now done for the season?

"We have three games left, two are away and one is against Toledo at the cube. Then we have an international tournament in the Czech Republic which is about two weeks long and then our season is done."

How do you feel about how this season went?

"We're very pleased with it. I'd say we established ourselves as the best team that's ever come through this program and we've got one last tournament to prove it.

You're eligible for the upcoming NHL draft, correct?

"Yes, that's correct."

I've seen you rated as high as the No. 2 North American skater, is there any chance you'll sign right after the draft and never make it to Ann Arbor?

"No, I'll definitely be in Ann Arbor in the fall."

One other note of interest, although Johnson was the only member of the '05 class in the arena Saturday night, there was one other potential Wolverine recruit in town. GBW will work on bringing you more about that later this week.

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