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STRATHROY- The Jr B Strathroy Rockets have announced the signing of brothers Kane and Tye Johnson. The duo is ready to hit the ice as long as the province and the measures in place allow for a season to run this coming fall.
“We are very pleased to add another two local players who have Junior hockey experience to our roster. Both Kane and Tye will provide even more leadership along with our other veteran players as we are excited about this upcoming season.” Said Kent Coleman the team’s general manager in a statement that announced the signing of the Johnson boys to fans of the Rockets.
The two boys born in 2001, are moving up a division level from the PJHL (Jr C) to the GOJHL (Jr B).
Trailblazing a successful season with the Mount Brydges Bulldogs back in 2019/2020 was then followed by a year off-ice. Due to the 2020/2021 season ultimately being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic leaving the boys in a state of limbo. They now are ready to get back in on Canada’s favourite pastime.
Stats for the two are as follows: During the last season played Kane managed to sink 13 goals in and in doing so accumulated 41 points of the 52 games he has played during his career. His brother Tye has 43 points under his belt, including 12 goals from the blue line over the same 52 games as Tye.
The GOJHL and the PJHL have both been vocal to the province advocating for a return to the ice as soon as possible. ‘
Announced recently by GOJHL’s newly-appointed commissioner Brent Garbutt, The return date for the league is Friday, 24 September. “After a very long 16 months for all of our teams, players and fans, we’re very excited to get to work on our 2021/22 season, despite it being a few weeks later than normal, we believe this date will allow sufficient time for our players and teams to prepare while maintaining our top priority of their health and safety.”
Damon MacLean, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner