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Pat Johnson Tours Lake Placid





October 6, 2011





It all started innocently enough with an article by Tim McManus of the Post-Star; Phantoms tryout player Pat Johnson was interested in visiting Lake Placid during his stay in the area. Having never been to the historic location where his dad, Mark Johnson, was a top scorer on the 1980 Miracle on Ice team, he figured this stretch with the Adirondack Phantoms would be the perfect time.

That article was quickly noticed by State Senator Betty Little, who called the Phantoms office and suggested to Phantoms Executive Vice President Chris Porreca that she would happy to arrange a more personalized tour. Johnson quickly accepted the offer and away he went with one of Senator Little’s assistants for his first-ever trip to Herb Brooks Arena.

He will play for the Wheeling (W.V.) Nailers of the ECHL this year but got the opportunity during training camp to try to impress Coach Paterson with his hustle on the ice for a potential call-up later in the season if the Phantoms have a need.

Pat’s father is now the Head Coach of the University of Wisconsin Women’s team and also was Head Coach of the USA Olympic Women’s Team that won the silver medal at the 2010 games in Vancouver. But it was his legacy with the 1980 USA team for which he remains most famous. Wearing number 10 (which is the jersey number they gave Pat for his tour of Lake Placid) he scored the game-tying goal in the third period of the team's upset comeback against the Soviet Union.

His grandfather is Hockey Hall of Famer “Badger Bob” Johnson who led Wisconsin to three national titles and also guided Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup in 1991, before passing away to brain cancer mere months later.

Johnson has learned to embrace his family’s history and shake off the pressure of being part of such a tradition.

“I used to feel a lot of pressure just because of the numbers he (Mark) put up, the 1980 Gold Medal game. Everybody’s talking about it. Used to bother me a lot because a lot of guys would get on me about it. He told me ‘You’re not going to be the same player as me’ and it’s true. You’re not going to win the Gold Medal or anything like that so the pressure ended about after high school.”

It was a great opportunity for Pat to get his first taste of pro hockey in the Phantoms preseason Training Camp and get to experience the aura of Lake Placid all in his same trip.

Check out the pictures on the team’s facebook page! Good luck to Pat on his first pro season.

Mark your calendars! Adirondack Phantoms Opening Night is Saturday, October 8. The Phantoms take on the Connecticut Whale to begin the third season of exciting Phantoms hockey in Glens Falls. Get great savings and have fun with your friends, family or co-workers by bringing your group of 15 or more fans to enjoy fast-paced, hard-hitting Phantoms hockey. Call the Phantoms to find out more at 518-480-3355 and check the team's website at phantomshockey.com.

Catch all the action of Phantoms hockey all season long on the team's flagship station, Classic Hits Q101.7 and on phantomshockey.com. Bob Rotruck, the "Voice of the Phantoms", has the broadcast coverage 30 minutes prior to game-time with Countdown to Faceoff.

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