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Rookie Defenseman Kenny Johnson Returns to Solar Bears

Thursday, September 14th
Rookie Defenseman Kenny Johnson Returns to Solar Bears

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

Johnson, 25, appeared in seven ECHL games last season, five of which for the Solar Bears who claimed the rugged rearguard off waivers on Apr. 7. Johnson recorded his first professional point on a goal against the Savannah Ghost Pirates late in the 2022-23 season. 

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound defenseman played his collegiate hockey at Penn State University from 2019-2023, 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. 

Keep up to speed with the Solar Bears roster updates from players past and present on the Orlando Solar Bears Off-Season Headquarters.

SOLAR BEARS PRESEASON ROSTER:

Forwards:Luke BokaJoe CarrollRyan CoxAlex FryeD-Jay JeromeBrayden LowAaron LuchukPatrick NewellJamie Rome

Defensemen:Ben CarrollChris HarpurLouka HenaultJimmy MazzaChris PernaJay PowellMitchell SmithJake Stevens

Goaltenders:Drennen Atherton

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