Former BCHL MVP Johnson invited to Canada’s World Junior summer camp

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Kent Johnson, who currently plays at the University of Michigan and formerly played for the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters, has been invited to Team Canada’s summer development camp ahead of the 2022 World Junior Championship.

Johnson was among a group of 30 forwards who received an invite to the camp which runs from Jul. 28 to Aug. 4 in Calgary, Alta.

In total, the camp will host 51 players and feature a variety of on- and off-ice sessions. There will also be combined practices and intra-squad games with players attending Canada’s under-18 summer development camp on Aug. 2 and 3.

The 2022 World Juniors will once again take place in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta. and will run from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.

The Port Moody, B.C. native had a strong freshman season at Michigan in 2020-21. Johnson finished his campaign at over a point per game with nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points in 26 contests, good enough for second in team scoring. Upon the conclusion of the season, he was named to the Big Ten’s All-Rookie Team.

Prior to his first college season, Johnson played two years in Trail from 2018 to 2020. In his second year in the league, he led the BCHL in scoring with 101 points in 52 games. His 41 goals and 60 assists were also tops in the league. He was awarded the Vern Dye Memorial trophy as the BCHL’s Most Valuable Player at the end of the year. The 18-year-old amassed 147 points in 112 regular-season games over his BCHL career.

Johnson is a top prospect for the NHL Entry Draft tomorrow and was ranked as the number-three North American skater by NHL Central Scouting.