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Johnson's prep sports career is not over. Johnson will compete for the Eagle lacrosse team this spring. She is beginning her fifth season on the varsity and naturally will handle goaltending chores for EP.
Johnson tended goal as the Eagles blanked Forest Lake 6 0 in the state quarterfinals. She also anchored Eden Prairie's stingy defense during a 2 1 semifinal loss to Hill Murray and a 3 2 setback to Lakeville North in the third place game. Nike Metcon 1 Cost
Todd Johnson starred in both hockey and baseball at Hamline University.
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Eden Prairie senior goalie McKenzie Johnson has never lacked beneficial coaching. The Eagles' all conference and all metro goalie has received valuable advice from her father Todd, the head girls hockey coach at Prior Lake High School, along with Eden Prairie coach Jamie Grossman.
season. She was a finalist for Let's Play Hockey's Senior Goalie of the Year award.
EPHS goalie concludes outstanding prep hockey career
"We have been to state in lacrosse every year I have been part of the team," said Johnson. "We have a solid program and I have been fortunate to be part of one state championship team.
Johnson was a goalie from the first time she participated in youth hockey at the Mite level.
Johnson posted a .907 save percentage during the regular season and finished with four shutouts. She played a major role for the Eagles' team that placed fourth in the state Class AA tournament.
Eden Prairie coach Grossman knows it will be difficult to replace a talented goalie such as Johnson.
"We came together as a team both on and off the ice," said Johnson. "Getting to state made this the most memorable season I have experienced in hockey."
"I would love to get away and attend a college out East," said Johnson. "I am looking at St. Lawrence or Colgate where I would play hockey."
Johnson credits her dad Todd for learning the finer points of goaltending.
Johnson and Tess Roehl were senior co captains and senior Amy Paulson was an assistant captain for the Eagles.
Johnson wasn't surprised by her squad's successful season.
"It was a dream come true to playing in the state hockey tournament," said Johnson. "As a goalie, I tried to stay calm and be consistent.
"I knew right then that goalie was my position," said Johnson. "I like the challenges of playing goalie and trying to come up with big plays."
Johnson's college plans are undecided.
Johnson took advantage of those coaching resources to become one of the state's top goalies since becoming Eden Prairie's starter midway through her eighth grade Nike Zoom Hyperrev 2016
"My dad was a goalie and taught me how to play the position," said Johnson. "He worked with me a lot during the summer months and gave me valuable advice."
Eden Prairie earned a state tournament trip despite having only three seniors on the roster. Forward Paulson and defenseman Roehl were the other seniors providing leadership for the young Eden Prairie squad.
Eden Prairie finished with a 21 7 3 record.
"You can't say enough good things about Nike Zoom Hyperfuse McKenzie," said the Eagle coach. "You couldn't ask for a better leader or goalie.
Todd and Sandra Johnson, will certainly have the academic credentials to pass the grade at either of those two schools. She maintains a 3.7 grade point average and plans to pursue a career in business or communications.
"I love playing lacrosse. It is less stressful than hockey and is a sport that allows me to relax."
"McKenzie is fundamentally strong in all phases of goaltending. She was one of the state's best goalies."
"And I also tried to be a leader off the ice,"
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