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Chad Johnson Named First Inductee into Brooks Bandits Wall of Fame

By Sam Laskaris on January 30, 2017

Ben Assad of the Calgary Canucks was tied for the league lead with six game-winning goals this season. (Courtesy of the Calgary Canucks)

Bandits Honour Chad Johnson
Calgary Flames netminder Chad Johnson became the first inductee into the Brooks Bandits’ Wall of Fame.

The well-travelled 30-year-old goalie is in his first season with the Flames. He returned to Brooks on Jan. 20 for the evening honouring his junior accomplishments. 

Johnson had played two seasons, 2003-04 and ’04-05 with the Bandits. 

After his AJHL days in Brooks, Johnson then spent the next four seasons at the NCAA level with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Johnson then began his pro career in 2009. Though he has had various American Hockey League stints since then, he’s also suited up for five other NHL clubs besides Calgary.

Johnson was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, but never ended up playing for the Penguins.

He broke into the NHL during the 2009-10 season with the New York Rangers. He’s also played for the then-Phoenix Coyotes, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres.

Johnson had some struggles during his rookie campaign with the Bandits. He made 31 appearances and posted a 6-20-3 record and a 3.94 goals-against average.

His following season was much more memorable. Johnson posted a 25-16-2 record and a 2.61 GAA. Also, Johnson’s save percentage of .923 that season is still a Bandits record.

Mr. Clutch Battle
Neither Ben Assad nor Mackenzie Bauer is expected to win the AJHL scoring race.

But Assad, a member of the Calgary Canucks, and Bauer, who is toiling with the Camrose Kodiaks, are in a battle to determine who can be deemed Mr. Clutch.

The were tied for the league lead in game-winning goals after netting a half dozen game winners each.

Assad, a 20-year-old who is in his final AJHL season, had 47 points, including 23 goals, in his first 43 matches. Before joining the Canucks last year, Assad had spent time in the league with the Brooks Bandits and Grande Prairie Storm.

Bauer, who turned 21 on Jan. 24, was 32nd in league scoring having earned 37 points, including 20 goals, in his first 35 games. 

Before arriving in Camrose last season, Bauer had AJHL stints with Brooks and the Lloydminster Bobcats. He also spent the 2014-15 campaign with the British Columbia Hockey League’s Vernon Vipers.

Saints Rookie Goalie Excelling
Spruce Grove Saints rookie goalie Nolan Kent has been performing like a seasoned veteran this season.

Kent had posted a 21-8-1 record in his first 31 appearances. He also had a sparkling 2.21 goals-against average, the fourth best in the AJHL.

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By Sam Laskaris| January 30, 2017
Categories:  Junior

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