Friday, April 18, 2008

Marquette signs tenth tender for this fall

The Marquette Rangers have signed their tenth and final tender for the upcoming 2008-09 North American Hockey League season.

Ryan Johnson, a 5-foot-9 forward from Blaine (Minn.) High School, signed his tender late last week.

According to Rangers scouting personnel, Johnson, who scored 24 goals and 39 assists for 63 points in 31 games as a senior, was added to bolster the team's offense for next season. In three years at BHS, Johnson scored 128 points and as a senior was named Minnesota All-State Honorable Mention, All-Conference, Blaine’s Most Inspirational Player and his team's offensive MVP.

Andy Cousin, Marquette’s Minnesota scout, says Johnson can make an immediate impact in the NAHL.

“Ryan’s coming out of one of the toughest sections in Minnesota hockey,” Cousin said. “He’s a dynamic forward with top-end skating ability and great hockey sense. I expect big things from him at tryouts and beyond.”

Johnson is the only the second player from Minnesota to be tendered by the Rangers in their three-year history.

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