January 9, 2007

It's a Family Thing

Thanks to an RPI fan who posted on elynah, an interesting bit of recruiting information has surfaced. Jacob Johnston (6' 0", 180), a 1988-born blueliner from Sudbury, Ontario will be joining the Big Red in 2007. Jacob is a bit of a late bloomer who was passed over by the OHL when he became draft eligible because he was considered too small. A growth spurt later, and a little more hockey seasoning, and Jacob is a rising star in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. Jacob is currently tied for 13th in scoring (2nd among defensemen) with 4 goals and 25 assists in 28 games for the first place Sudbury Junior Wolves. The NOJHL doesn't get a lot of attention, but the Junior Wolves are ranked 13th in the latest Canadian Junior A Hockey League's national top-15.

Jacob is the older brother of Rebecca Johnston (5' 7", 135), a 1989-born forward who is the youngest member of Canada's Under-22 National Team and one of the top recruits in North America. Rebecca will be joining Jacob at Cornell in 2007, where they will be reunited with older sister Sarah, who's a junior on the Big Red's women's team. Oldest sister Katie is a senior on Harvard's women's team.

Photo: Sudbury Jr. Wolves

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