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Johnson returns to Solar Bears

Thursday, September 14th
Action photo of Kenny Johnson of the Orlando Solar Bears

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, announced the club has agreed to terms with rookie defenseman Kenny Johnson for the 2023-24 season. 

Johnson appeared in seven ECHL games last season, five of which came for the Solar Bears after he was claimed off waivers on April 7. Johnson recorded his first professional point on a goal against the Savannah Ghost Pirates late in the 2022-23 season. 

The 25-year-old played his collegiate hockey at Penn State University from 2019-23, appearing in 40 games and scoring five points (1g-4a). During his junior season, Johnson was named 2021-22 Academic All-Big Ten Honoree. 

The Ann Arbor, Michigan native is the younger brother of Stanley Cup champion defenseman Jack Johnson, who is a veteran of over 1,000 NHL games. 

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