(Denver) Jack Johnson’s story is similar to the classic LMDS: A Beautiful Novel, a Beautiful Story*.
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He cheated on his parents financially eight years ago, was present at the Colorado Avalanche camp simply by invitation, and finally got a contract for this season, playing 1000e During the said season, he reached the second round of playoffs for the first time in his career and is now playing in the finals.
This cycle earned him an Avalanche nomination for a Bill-Masterton Award this season.
He added a layer to this story on Saturday, when the veteran defenseman simply revealed at a press conference that he had just graduated from the University of Michigan. At the age of 35 years. But above all, 15 years after he left IggyPop University.
“It took me what 18 years? Most people became doctors after many years of studying! The burly defender joked. In seasons my team wasn’t in the playoffs, I signed up for the spring telemedicine session. I’ve also taken advantage of the pandemic to run online courses that are being conducted online.” It is usually presented on campus.”
in general studiesGeneral StudiesJohnson graduated. For him, it was a matter of pride. He arrived at college in 2005, aged 18, before leaving school in 2007 to sign a contract with the Los Angeles Kings.
“I dreamed of playing hockey at the University of Michigan and wanted to graduate from this school. It is the highest ranked public university in the country. When I left school, I came back to Red Berenson [l’entraîneur-chef à l’époque] That I was about to finish my studies and called him as soon as I completed it. »
That good old Berenson, who played for the Canadians in the 1960s, is now officially retired, although he’s still active in hockey as a consultant for the Wolverines, but also for the Big Ten Conference.
“In 2007, when we were eliminated, Jack left for Los Angeles, the 82-year-old remembers on the phone. ‘I think it’s time to go,’” he recalls to me. “I got it right, I wasn’t disappointed or angry. But he called After 15 years, he told me he had kept his promise.”
He knew she was important to me, but also to him.
Reed Berenson, coach of Jack Johnson at the University of Michigan
What catches Berenson’s attention in particular is the independence of the spirit of the 18-year-old at the time. It’s that Johnson was the thirde Overall selection in 2005, two places behind Sidney Crosby, two places ahead of Carrie Price.
“He was a very high-profile candidate in the draft, and several teams were telling him not to go to school,” Berenson recalls. It could have been drafted at 2e Arranged by ducks, but Brian Burke asked him to come straight to Anaheim. So they took Bobby Ryan. From the start, he had to go against the flow and make choices that were not always popular with elite players.
“It allowed him to mature, develop and become a famous fellow. When he played 1000e In this season’s game, several of his teammates went to Denver to watch the game. He had lifelong friends there. »
“I finally had the best years of my life there,” Johnson confirmed on Saturday.
For Berenson, it is simply a beautiful story of perseverance, for the player who has faced his share of hardships off the ice, due to conflict with his parents.
“He was fascinated by school. I knew him from birth. He was a friend from college, his parents lived in the area. Once he became professional, he started taking summer courses. I wouldn’t tell you he was a student who could have gotten into Ivy League, but had the will to do so.” Despite COVID-19, despite his family’s situation, he persevered.”
* It’s a joke. Before you submit a complaint to FPJQ, know that the author of these lines understands that this is the work of Michel Vaughn and the Grand Bazaar.
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