Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Jordie Johnston Signs With Sound Tigers

The Ice Wolves all-time leading scorer, Jordie Johnston, is taking the next step in his hockey career.  After a successful run at Ferris State University, the Bulldog's leading scorer for 2011-12 signed an Amateur Tryout Contract with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the AHL.

Here's the FSU release:

Source: FSU Release
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).

Fans can follow @TheSoundTigers on Twitter and "like" The Official Bridgeport Sound Tigers Fan Site on Facebook for the latest Sound Tigers news and information.
Good to see another former Ice Wolves star making the leap to the pro-ranks.  

A quick note about Ice Wolves records and stats.  This season I spoke a lot about Marc-Andre Carre chasing Justin Rohr (which was technically true), but I should have been talking about Johnston.  Somewhere in my number crunching a few points disappeared from Johnston's total of 197 as opposed to Rohr's 195.  Johnston sits as the Wolves' all-time leader in points.  I apologize for the error and any confusion it may have caused through the season.

Speaking of great Ice Wolves players, the team is looking for your help in choosing the the Wolves' "All-Time" team in celebration of the team's 15th Anniversary Season in 2012-13.  Head over to to cast your vote.

I have a feeling Jordie Johnston will get more than a few votes.


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