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Johnson signs with Florida Everblades

Josh Johnson, a 2002 graduate of Esko High School and a senior at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, recently signed a contract to play for the Florida Everblades of the East Coast Hockey League.

Josh Johnson, a 2002 graduate of Esko High School and a senior at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, recently signed a contract to play for the Florida Everblades of the East Coast Hockey League.

Johnson played for the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks and then moved on to play for the Bulldogs and coach Scott Sandelin. This past season Johnson started the final 11 games for the Dogs and posted a 1.63 goals against average and a saves percentage of .942 during that stretch.

In the first round of the WCHA playoffs, Johnson set a league record for saves in single playoff game when he recorded 62 saves in a triple overtime loss to the St. Cloud State Huskies in a game UMD lost.

During his senior year, Johnson recorded the best goals against average, 2.14, and saves percentage, .922, of any goalie in UMD history for a single season.

Not only did Johnson set single season records, but he also set the Bulldog All-Time records for GAA and save percentage. Johnson's career goals against average is 2.71 and his saves percentage is .905.

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Johnson's initial stint with the Everblades was from March 14-19 and he then returned to UMD to finish up work on a criminology degree. He will then return to play for Florida the remainder of this season and next season.

Pine Journal sports reporter Kerry Rodd can be contacted at: kdrodd@aol.com .

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