Ogden Mustangs defenseman Anders Johnson has committed to State University of New York at Fredonia for the 2019-20 season.
Johnson becomes the sixth Mustang from this season’s team to commit to an NCAA program.
Johnson has had a solid season for the Mustangs, part of a deep defense corps that’s anchored the Western States Hockey League’s top defensive team. The Mustangs allowed the fewest total goals in the league, 86 in 51 games.
Personally, Johnson had five goals and seven assists in 26 games, after missing almost the entire first half of the season, rehabbing an injury after offseason surgery.
A Salt Lake City local, Johnson chose to come back to his home state for his final season of junior hockey for this express purpose, giving him a route to a solid NCAA program.
“When you play for an organization like the Mustangs, winning is the expectation, and the only way to get there is working hard every day and executing good habits,” Johnson said. “Whether it be in your workouts, practice or video, it all matters. Having high standards for myself has pushed me every day to be better, and that mindset has prepared me for the next level. I chose Fredonia because it’s in the most competitive league in Division III, and it offers a solid education.”
— Ogden Mustangs (@OgdenMustangs) January 13, 2019
Fredonia University is located in Fredonia, New York and competes in the SUNYAC conference.
The Mustangs continue to lead the WSHL in NCAA placement. They’ve had the highest NCAA placement rate in the Western States Hockey League over the past seven seasons, since joining the league.
Johnson joins the following teammates with an NCAA commitment: Kerry Kruzel (Buffalo State), Rhett Rampinelli (Wentworth), John Shively (Buffalo State), Ian Currie (St. Mary’s) and Owen Zdunski (SUNY Cortland). The Mustangs had five NCAA commitments last season, including Matus Spodniak who went to NCAA DI American International College.