Greenville, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced the team has re-signed rookie forward Matt Johnson for the 2016-17 season.
Johnson, 24, began his pro career with the Swamp Rabbits near the end of last season following a three-year career at Lake Superior State University. He recorded four penalty minutes in six games with Greenville. Previously, the Clinton Township, Mich. native notched 18 points (4g-14a) and 93 penalty minutes in 93 contests at Lake Superior State. He collected four assists and 23 penalty minutes in 27 games as a senior.
Prior to his college career, Johnson spent three seasons at the junior level with the Albert Lee Thunder and Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League. He set career highs in goals (21), assists (28), points (49) and plus-minus (+18) with Amarillo during the 2010-11 campaign and served as co-captain the following season. Overall, he earned 108 points (42g-66a), 147 penalty minutes and a +22 rating in 159 NAHL games.