Just one week into the offseason, the Ogden Mustangs have signed Johan Zöllner as the first new signing for the 2019-20 season.
Johan is the younger brother of Andreas and Adam Zöllner. Andreas had 51 points in 44 games in the 2014-15 season and led the team in playoff points with 12 in seven games, helping the Mustangs to their second division championship. Adam led the Mustangs in scoring the following season, with 74 points in 52 games, a then-single-season points record, skating on a formidable top line with Caleb Pola and Austin Shea.
Both Andreas and Adam went on to play NCAA hockey together at New England College.
The first difference to note between Johan and his high-scoring, offensively-potent brothers, is that Johan is a defenseman, not a forward.
“I would say I’m a two-way defender,” Johan said. “I feel quite confident in both ends of the ice. I like having the puck and being a part of plays all over the ice.”
With half of the Mustangs’ experienced defense corps from last season aging out and moving on, Johan is expected to be an asset on the back end this coming season.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Ogden organization,” Johan said. “I have heard nothing but great things about the city, fans and the organization. Of course my brothers played a big part in my decision, since they both had a great time and developed a lot both as people and as players there. But Coach, and the atmosphere around the game that I’ve heard so much about, also played a great part. The East family was also a big part of making my decision, both Adam and Andreas had a great time billeting with them, and so it makes the move away from Sweden much easier when knowing I’ll be living with a great family.”
Johan stands at 6-feet-1-inch and 210 pounds. The Zöllners’ hometown is Värnamo, Sweden. Born in 2000, Johan has two seasons of junior hockey eligibility remaining. This will be his first season in North America, having played his youth hockey for Värnamo GIK and playing last season for IF Troja-Ljungby in the J20 Elit.