50 Players, 50 Days: Jack Johnston
March 31, 2020
During the current and unforeseen cancelation of the 2019-20 season, the players in the NAHL saw their seasons cut prematurely short. In some cases, players saw their junior hockey careers come to an end as well. However, the NAHL got together a decided to highlight some of those players, who were born in 1999 and were in their final season of playing junior hockey.
As a result, we present a new series entitled: 50 players in 50 days
50 players in 50 days will select 50 players from each of the 26 NAHL teams this past season that were born in 1999, are currently uncommitted, and deserve some recognition during their time spent playing and developing in the NAHL. Over the course of the next 50 days, we will take time out to look at their accomplishments, review their season, and provide some background on their NAHL careers. Players will be initially highlighted in alphabetical order by team. Enjoy!
Jack Johnston, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Fairbanks Ice Dogs and NAHL Top Prospects forward Jack Johnston, 20, just completed his third and final season in the NAHL and finished as one of the most consistent and prolific scorers in team history.
The 5’10/170 lbs. native of St. Paul, Minnesota, was a major offensive force in all three seasons with Fairbanks and saved his best season for his last in 2019-20. Johnston finished 3rd in team scoring with 45 points (18 goals, 27 assists) in 52 games this season, all of which were career-highs.
Johnston was also selected to and played in the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Midwest Division team, where he made the most of his opportunity on the big stage, scoring two goals in two games at the event. It was Johnston’s second appearance at the Top Prospects Tournament as he also played in the event in 2019.
“Jack was the leader of our team. He has been a tremendous asset for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs the last three years and will be sorely missed. His combination of speed, skill, and intensity will translate well to NCAA hockey and we look forward to tracking his progress,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.
Overall in his three-year NAHL career, Johnston played in 155 career NAHL games, all with the Ice Dogs, and recorded 115 career points.
Prior to playing in the NAHL, Johnston played four seasons of varsity hockey for St. Paul Academy in Minnesota, where he had 135 points in 97 career games.