Johnston To Have Another Crack In The OHL – by C. Scott Holland
The wheels are spinning in more than one league and on Wednesday, the Chatham Maroons learned that goalie Brendan Johnston, who is property of the OHL Windsor Spitfires, was traded to the Flint Firebirds. In exchange for Johnston, the Spitfires will receive a sixth round pick in the 2017 Entry Draft.
Johnston played Wednesday night for the Chatham Maroons against the LaSalle Vipers but will join the Flint Firebirds Thursday night in a game vs his former team, the Windsor Spitfires, at Windsor’s WFCU Centre.
The Spitfires had selected him in the fifth round of the 2013 draft.
The 18 year-old said, “I was pretty confident I would be able to crack a major junior lineup.”
Johnston who is 6′ 1″ and 194 lbs. added, “It took a little while, but I’m glad it happened. I’ll jump right into things; I’m getting a fresh start – it means a lot and I’m going to make the most of it.”
The Spitfires move is part of their rebuilding plan for the 2016/17 season. But with Johnston moving up, it means Chatham, like Strathroy, will be searching for another netminder to replace him.
This season with the Maroons, Johnston had played in 10 games winning 6 and losing four with 29 ga and a 3.21 gaa and 91% save percentage.
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