CALGARY, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced Friday that Kent Johnson of the Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL) has been named its Top Forward Award recipient for 2019-20.
A 17-year-old native of Port Moody, B.C., Johnson, collected the accolades over fellow Top Forward finalists Carter Savoie, Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL); Brodie MacArthur, Summerside Western Capitals (MHL); Caleb Serre, Blind River Beavers (NOJHL) and Harrison Israels, Oakville Blades (OJHL) following a national voting process completed by each of the 10 leagues across the country, that comprise the CJHL.
In his second full season in the BCHL, Johnson paced Trail offensively, surpassing the century mark in points with 101, on 41 goals and 60 assists, in just 52 games. Those numbers were all personal single-season bests for the highly-skilled forward.
His totals also led all skaters in his league, registering 30 more than his closest rival. He was also tops in power play tallies (14) and ended up tied for second overall in game-winning markers (8).
Earlier, the University of Michigan (Big 10) NCAA Division I commitment was tabbed the BCHL’s Most Valuable Player and Most Sportsmanlike Player, along with leading his league in scoring.
With Johnson in the line-up, the Smoke Eaters sported a record of 34-13-2-2, with his club going 2-4 when he missed a half dozen outings while skating for Team Canada West, at the World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, B.C.
With files from: Jesse Adamson, Coordinator, Content Services (BCHL)
Photo credit: Garrett James Photography