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Former Waterloo Black Hawks goaltender Cameron Johnson signed a National Hockey League contract with the New Jersey Devils Saturday after completing his college career at the University of North Dakota.
The one-year agreement will apply to the 2018/19 season. Johnson will spend the remainder of the 2017/18 professional hockey campaign with the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League.
In 2013/14, the Black Hawks acquired Johnson from the Fargo Force. His first appearance on January 18th of that winter was a 46-save, 2-1 road victory versus the National Team Development Program, which was P.K. O’Handley’s USHL record-setting 530th regular season win.
Johnson went on to post an 11-1-1 record for Waterloo with a 1.86 goals-against average and 93.9% save percentage. The Black Hawks were the 2013/14 Anderson Cup Champions with a league-high 93 standings points. Waterloo also reached the Clark Cup Championship Series.
Advancing to join the Fighting Hawks in Grand Forks, Johnson earned a 56-26-12 record in 102 career college games with 12 shutouts. He is UND's all-time leader in career goals-against average (2.10), ranks second in career shutouts, fourth in wins (56) and fourth in career save percentage (.916). Johnson’s NCAA career was highlighted by winning college hockey’s national championship in 2016.
This winter, eight former Black Hawks have appeared in NHL games. The group includes Johnson’s former North Dakota teammate, Brock Boeser, who is currently the leading scorer for the Vancouver Canucks.
No former Waterloo player has ever appeared in a regular season NHL game for the Devils. However another former Hawks netminder – Scott Swanjord – was drafted by New Jersey in 1994.
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