Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University men's ice hockey senior Jordie Johnston (Rosetown, Saskatchewan), who helped lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA National Championship Game at the Frozen Four in Tampa this past weekend, has signed an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers as announced by the American Hockey League (AHL) club today.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers, located in Bridgeport, Conn., are the top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders.
Johnston, 24, joins the Sound Tigers after completing his collegiate career at Ferris State. The Rosetown, SK, posted a breakout season in 2011-12 with the Bulldogs that carried them to the NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championship game against Boston College, recording a team-high 36 points (20 goals, 16 assists) in 43 games.
Over his four-year career at Ferris State, Johnston totaled 57 points (30 goals, 27 assists) in 136 games. Prior to attending Ferris State, the 5'11, 185-pound forward played three seasons with the La Ronge Ice Wolves of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, amassing 197 points (90 goals, 107 assists) in 165 games.
For his efforts as a senior, Johnston was an All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Second Team honoree as FSU claimed its second-ever CCHA Regular-Season title and reached the Frozen Four for the first time in school history.
The Sound Tigers will play two road contests on Friday and Saturday (April 13-14) of this week before they close out their regular season home schedule against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. (ET).
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