August 22, 2013

Former Standout Jordie Johnston Re-Signs With New York Rangers' ECHL Affiliate

Big Rapids, Mich. - The East Coast Hockey League's (ECHL) Greenville Road Warriors recently announced the re-signing of former Ferris State University men's ice hockey player Jordie Johnston for the 2013-14 campaign.

Johnston, 25, completed his first professional year with the Road Warriors in the 2012-13 season. Greenville is the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Rangers.

"Obviously you want to improve every year you play so I am looking forward to having the opportunity to put up some better numbers," Johnston said. "As far as the team, I want to win and I think that's a common theme so you want to do whatever you can to help the team win and hopefully get a championship."

As a rookie in 2012-13, Johnston scored 22 goals and added 23 assists for the Warriors to finish fourth on the team in scoring and tied for third among the team leaders in total goals.

"Jordie had a very impressive rookie season and I am expecting big things from him and look forward to seeing him continue to develop his game," said Road Warriors coach Dean Stork. "Jordie has great offensive instincts and likes to push the pace with his agility and speed. He will play a key role and be a significant contributor to our success this season."

The Rosetown, Saskatchewan, native posted a breakout season in 2011-12 as a senior at Ferris State while helping the Bulldogs to the NCAA Frozen Four and a berth in the NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championship game against Boston College. He recorded a team-high 36 points (20 goals, 16 assists) in 43 games during his final campaign.

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 Bulldog 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. 

Johnston is one of several former Bulldog players who have signed new professional hockey contracts this summer, joining past standouts such as Chris Kunitz (Pittsburgh Penguins), Greg Rallo (Florida Panthers), Zach Redmond (Winnipeg Jets), Chad Billins (Calgary Flames), Derek Nesbitt (Oklahoma City Barons) and Blair Riley (St. John's IceCaps).

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