Alex Johnson returns to Hat City on PTO

by Casey Bryant

An old friend is returning to Danbury. Defenseman Alex Johnson has officially signed a PTO with the Hat Tricks.

Johnson is no stranger to the FPHL or to the Hat City. His first season as a pro was spent with the Brewster Bulldogs in 2015-16, where he posted 37 points in 56 games as a center. The following year he signed with the Danbury Titans, where he notched seven goals and seven assists in 24 games.

Following the Titans' departure from the league, Johnson played for two seasons with the Port Huron Prowlers before earning a call-up to the SPHL. He was converted to a full-time defender, spending all of last year with the Birmingham Bulls.

“Going into the off season, it was a goal of ours to strengthen our defensive core," said Hat Tricks general manager Billy McCreary. "Alex deciding to call Danbury home allows us to fill a need that we saw necessary in order to bring a championship to Danbury. The professionalism he brings, day in and day out, will fit well within our culture and we look forward to him putting on a Hat Tricks uniform.”

Johnson will be relied on as a key contributor on the Tricks' blueline. Defense was a strength of the Hat Tricks' last season, with Aaron Atwell taking home league Defenseman of the Year honors.