Alex Johnson is one of the youngest player on the Golden Rockets team, and while he plays hockey in Golden, he’s also working on his Grade 11 schooling online.
At 16 years old, head coach Jeremy Blumes says Johnson has a very bright future.
He started playing hockey when he was only two years olf, entering into the Timbits hockey program a year early. Ever since he could walk, his parents put skates on him and encouraged him to play hockey.
“I was actually let into a year early to Timbits, so I did three years,” Johnson said.
Johnson’s uncle played in the Western Hockey League, and his great uncle played for the Hartford Whalers in Connecticut, which is now the Carolina Hurricanes.
Growing up, he made most of his friends through hockey. His favourite memories are just hanging out with the players on his team.
“I don’t really have any big memories, but just the relationships you build with your teammates actualyl stuck with me,” he said.
Coming to Golden wasn’t a difficult choice for Johnson.
“It was a fresh beginning, a new start. I felt like I had a pretty decent chance of making the team. It’s a great organization, and a great coach. He did his work, his research, and everything, and put together a great team. So, I thought I would e a good idea to come and be a part of it,” Johnson said.
Over the next year with the Golden Rockets, Johnson has set a few goals for himself. He is thinking of playing Junior A next year, and moving up to the next level in his hockey career.
His big goal is to make it into a Division 1 school with the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
“The ultimate goal for me, is to get a good education and a good paying job, or something like that,” Johnson said.
Johnson is describe as a “smart, positional player, that is always on the right side of the ice,” by his head coach.
“As [Johnson] maturesphysically, he will have a greater impact on our games, and is on track to play at a higher level down the road,” Blumes said.
If you were a scout, how would you describe yourself as a player?
I would be a play maker for sure. I like to pass the puck rather than shoot it, distribute to my team, and I’m good in the defensive zone, and good at draws.
If you could vacation anywhere, whee would you go?
I’ve been out of Canada like two times, so San Fransisco is a place I like a lot. The baseball there, and being on the ocean too is super cool and super fun.
If you could have one super power, what would you choose?
I’d stop time. Stopping time is the coolest thing to do. I don’t think any actual super hero really has that power, I guess Super Man [does].
What is your favourite thing to do to relax?
I don’t do a lot of that. I have school too. Probably just hang out. I have a lot of guys in my house, so probably just hang out with the guys and play some cards or something.
Jersey Number: 22
Weight: 145 lbs.
Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Date of Birth: May 20, 2002