Minot forward Walker makes NCAA DI commitment
October 20, 2015
By Ken Oda, Minot Minotauros
The Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) have announced that leading scorer Johnny Walker has committed to play his college hockey for the NCAA Division I Arizona State University Sun Devils.
Walker has committed for the 2017-18 season and will have one year of junior remaining after this current season.
In his third season with the Minotauros Walker has 10 goals and eight assists through 11 games. His 10 goals and 18 total points currently lead the NAHL. His 32 career goals are the most by any Minotauros player and his 62 career points are second all time in franchise history.
Walker also played for the Central Division team at the 2015 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in February, where he led the team in scoring with four points during the event.
Walker said, "Arizona State was my number one school, they’re building something really special. I am excited to go home and play in front of my little brother who is my number one fan.”
He credits his family saying, “my dad and step dad have been great” and he especially wanted to thank his mom. “It's been a long road, and she’s helped me with more than just hockey.”
Walker was also quick to thank the coaching staff in Minot... “after that first year Marty Murray, Nigel Dube, and Cory Lonke never stopped believing in me, without that this wouldn’t be possible.”
Tauros Head Coach and General Manager Marty Murray also referenced Walkers, “up and down, mostly down,” first year in which Walker played just 24 games registering 2 goals and 0 assists. Murray continued... “it's a great day for our franchise and Johnny, he is a great story.”
Walker becomes the 13th Minotauro to commit to playing NCAA DI hockey. He will join former Minotauro Jake Clifford who is currently a freshman at Arizona State this season.