ROCKFORD, Ill. – When the Chicago Blackhawks take the ice against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at 6:00 p.m. down at United Center, IceHogs fans may recognize yet another familiar name jumping into the Hawks’ lineup as forward Reese Johnson makes his NHL debut and becomes the 125th IceHogs alum to make his NHL debut and the 95th player to go from Rockford to the Blackhawks.
He joins forward Philipp Kurashev and goaltender Kevin Lankinen for IceHogs alums to make their NHL debut this season.
"He really improved his skating, his pace to his game,” said former IceHogs Head Coach now Blackhawks bench boss Jeremy Colliton during media availability. “He plays hard. Tremendous [on] faceoffs... He’s earned the chance. What he does with it, it’ll be exciting to see.”
Johnson, 22, is in his second professional season after posting eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in 52 games with the IceHogs during his rookie campaign last year. His 63 penalty minutes were third-most on the team and fifth among AHL rookies.
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