Albuquerque, NM – The New Mexico Ice Wolves are proud to announce that Keenan Johnson has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WIAC).
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward is a Wisconsin native and grew up only about an hour from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. The NCAA D3 program has a history of recruiting NAHL players.
Johnson, 21, entered the North American Hockey League (NAHL) in the 2016-17 season with the Topeka Roadrunners, later rebranded to the Topeka Pilots, where he playedtwo and a half seasons before making the move to Texas and finishing the second half of the 2018-19 season with the Corpus Christi IceRays. Johnson was acquired by the Ice Wolves in a trade, when New Mexico sent their third round pick to the IceRays for Johnson and fellow veteran Andrei Golikov. Johnson was named the first captain in Ice Wolves history prior to the team’s first regular season game and went on to play in 42 games during New Mexico’s inaugural season.
Johnson is looking forward to starting the next step in his playing career. “I’m excited to be headed to such a top-notch program at UW-River Falls. I really enjoyed my time in the NAHL and will always be grateful to my coaches and teammates. I couldn’t have asked for a better fit than New Mexico to finish out my junior career.”