Defenceman Adam Johns is taking his game from the Syracuse Stars of the United States Premiere Hockey League to the Espanola Rivermen of the new Canadian International Hockey League.
Johns, a 5-foot-11, 195 pound, 1994 birth-year skater who hails from the southeastern Michigan town of Clarkston, heads to Espanola for his final season of junior following an impressive showing at a recent tryout camp of the Soo Eagles of the North American Hockey League.
Johns represents the second Michigander that Espanola general manager Chad Clarke scouted and recruited at the Soo camp.
As was reported earlier by HockeyNewsNorth.com, 1995 birth-year goalie Trevor Kalinowski — who played the past two seasons with the Metro Jets of the North American 3 Hockey League — has also signed with CIHL Espanola.
Clarke likes what Johns will bring to Espanola as a 20-year old defenceman.
“His skill set and work ethic are what stood out when he scouted him at the Soo Eagles camp,” Clarke said of Johns. “He brings good experience to us.”
Johns, who played high school hockey in Clarkston before moving to Syracuse and the USPHL, wants to make the most of the season ahead in Espanola as he aspires to move up to the National Collegiate Athletic Association ranks.
“I want to further develop my hockey skills so I can be ready to play NCAA next season,” Johns told HockeyNewsNorth.com.