Johnston dealt to Prince Albert

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Swift Current native dealt from Kelowna Rockets to Prince Albert Raiders

Prince Albert Raiders

Swift Current’s MacKenzie Johnston can look forward to playing closer to home in his final Western Hockey League season after being dealt from the Kelowna Rockets to the Prince Albert Raiders.

The Rockets had been carrying four overage players, one over the league limit, and Johnston was traded to the Raiders to clear up the overage situation in return for a third round WHL Bantam Draft pick in 2015.

Johnston is a veteran of 233 regular season games and 18 playoff games during his four-plus seasons in a Rockets’ uniform. The 6’2’’, 201-pound defenseman posted 19 points and a plus-29 rating in 49 games last season. He appeared in two games this season with one assist and a plus-two rating. Johnston was undrafted but made the Rockets as a 16-year-old list player and skated in 54 games during the 2009-10 season.

The Raiders have opened the season with five straight wins and were ranked second in the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings on Wednesday behind the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.

The Raiders will visit the Credit Union iplex in Swift Current for four games this season. Johnston won’t have to wait long to return to the iplex, his new team will visit the Broncos on Saturday.

Organizations: Western Hockey League, Prince Albert Raiders, Kelowna Rockets WHL

Geographic location: Swift Current, Prince Albert

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