Friday, May 13, 2011

Windsor inks Mr. Hockey co-winner

Dave Ducharme - staff reports

The Windsor Spitfires have signed free agent Michigan high school star Ben Johnson to an OHL contract and education package.

Johnson, 16, was named a Michigan High School Athletic Association first-team all-star and was chosen "Mr. Hockey" as the top high school player in Michigan. He's just the second junior to win the award (Justin Abdelkader, Mona Shores High School, 2003-2004).

In 30 games with the Calumet High School Copper Kings, Johnson scored 37 goals and added 40 assists for 77 points. He also played four games with the United States Under-17 National Team Development Program, scoring four goals and adding one assist.

Johnson also won the 2011 Hobey Baker Character Award, awarded each year to the player who demonstrates exemplary character and sportsmanship.

"The Windsor Spitfires are excited to add a player of Ben's caliber," said Spitfires GM Warren Rychel. "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 crop of players."

Johnson will attend St. Anne's High School in Lakeshore, Ont.

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