Johnson gets second crack at World Junior tournament

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Columbus Blue Jackets forward and BCHL alumnus Kent Johnson was named to Canada’s roster for the rescheduled 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, Aug. 9 to 20 in Edmonton, Alta.

Johnson was part of the original Team Canada that won its first two games in December before the tournament was shut down due to COVID-19.

The Port Moody, B.C. product played two BCHL seasons with the Trail Smoke Eaters from 2018 to 2020. He piled up 61 goals, 86 assists and 147 points over 111 career BCHL games. In his second year in the league, he led the league in points (101), goals (41) and assists (60) and was named league MVP.

After his junior career, Johnson played two seasons at the University of Michigan. Following his freshman year, he was drafted fifth overall by Columbus at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

Once his college season ended last year, he played nine NHL games for the Blue Jackets to finish the season, chipping in with three assists.

Team Canada will compete in Group A against Czechia, Finland, Latvia and Slovakia. Their tournament opener is on Aug. 10 against the Latvians.

This iteration of the tournament will start from scratch, with no results or statistics carrying over from the December tournament.

All games will be broadcast on TSN.