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MEN’S HOCKEY: Bemidji State defenseman Brad Johnson signs with Trois-Rivières Lions

Bemidji State men’s hockey fifth-year defenseman Brad Johnson has signed a professional contract with the Trois-Rivières Lions of the ECHL, effective immediately.

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Bemidji State senior Brad Johnson (18) joins the huddle to celebrate Owen Sillinger’s empty-net goal in the third period against Bowling Green in a CCHA quarterfinal game on Sunday, March 6, 2022, at the Sanford Center.
Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI – Bemidji State men’s hockey fifth-year defenseman Brad Johnson has signed a professional contract with the Trois-Rivières Lions of the ECHL, effective immediately.

The Lions, based in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, are affiliated with the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens and the AHL’s Laval Rocket. Johnson, a native of Chesterfield, Mo., could make his debut with Trois-Rivières as soon as 6:05 p.m. on March 23, when the Lions face the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in Greenville, S.C. He will finish the season with the Lions, which includes 16 remaining regular-season games.

Trois-Rivières sits fourth in the ECHL North Division standings with 54 points and a 25-24-3 record. Bemidji State hockey fans who purchased a FloHockey.tv subscription will be able to watch Johnson and the Lions through the ECHL’s partnership with FloHockey.tv.

Johnson completed his BSU career with 37 points. He totaled eight points in 2021-22, which ranked fourth among the Beavers’ defensemen.

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