Forward Debuted with Bismarck, Joins Future ‘Cats
Bismarck, ND – The Bismarck Bobcats have tendered forward Patrick Johnson.
“I’ve heard only good things about Bismarck,” Johnson said. “All of the boys had great things to say about it here, and the coaching staff is unreal. They take care of their players really well.”
Johnson comes from St. Louis, where he has put up 19 points in 16 games with the St. Louis AAA Blues U16 team this season.
“Patrick is a good, honest, 200-foot player that has high character,” said Garrett Roth, the Bobcats Director of Player Personnel. “He’s a kid that we feel can make a big impact on our organization moving forward, and we are very excited to add him to our group.”
Johnson, 16, debuted for the Bobcats on Saturday, January 4 against the Austin Bruins. He scored his first career goal on his first shot during his first shift to give Bismarck a 2-0 lead.
“Bismarck is just awesome with the Bobcats, and it really showed,” Johnson said. “Playing in that game, it was an unreal atmosphere.”
Johnson is the second player in the AAA Blues program to sign a tender this season with Bismarck, joining U18 defenseman Jeff Hutchinson.
“Patrick is a leader of his team every year on and off of the ice, and he comes from an organization that does things the right way,” Roth said. “His head coach, Michael Berra, has developed many players that have succeeded at the next level.”
“I want to thank my entire family for supporting me for my hockey career.” Johnson said. “I also want to thank all of my coaches, they’ve helped me drastically along the way. There’s a long list of people I could thank.”