“I am proud to see Christian’s hard work and focus pay off”, stated USP3 Head Coach Brad Jones. “I first recruited Christian 4 years ago, and was happy to finally land him 2 seasons ago. Since he has joined the team he has been a respected leader in the locker room and was able to focus his training throughout the offseason and into this year to bring out his best and earn this opportunity. I wish him nothing but the best with the Lakers”.
"My time at the Whalers has taught me about myself and my capabilities as a ice hockey player", stated Johansen. "The coaches bring out the best in every player and really push us to get better day in and day out. I am proud to say I played for the Whalers".
The Mercyhurst Lakers are located in Erie, PA and they compete at the ACHA Division 1 level. Johansen will major in accounting.
Johansen becomes the Whalers 5th commitment for the 2015-16 season, joining Jacob Lainesse (Stevenson), Jacob Gerson (Utica), Dustin White (Bryn Athyn), and Radek Sawicki (Polish National Team). The Whalers will be announcing many more commitments in the coming days weeks; stay tuned to www.whalernation.com for more commitment announcements.