The Amarillo Bulls have been busy preparing for the 2011-2012 season with both on and off the ice workouts.
The team is beginning a new online feature to welcome back our 14 returning players to the
2011-2012 team. We have asked a series of questions to each returning player, starting with Matt Johnson.
Forward Matt Johnson had an outstanding season with the Bulls. In 58 games with the Bulls, Matt Johnson, a Clinton Township, Michigan native, had 21 goals and 28 assists for 49 points. He was plus 18 and had six power play goals. In the post season, Johnson collected five goals and five assists for 10 points in 11 games. He was plus one and had two game winning goals.
1 – How was your summer?
I didn’t do anything special. I was a ‘Bus Boy’ at a restaurant. I hung out with a few of my good friends. My summer was short but sweet.
2 – What was the best thing you did this summer?
I went up north with a friend of mine and we fished all weekend. We caught some Pike and Bass.
3 – We understand you also started your own business with your parents?
We called it, “Future Champion Hockey.” Our goal is, ‘Keeping The Fun In Fundamentals.’ There were 20 kids that came out each night. I put them through some fundamental drills. We would practice,scrimmage, and play games like tag and kick ball. This would keep the spirit high. I want them to love hockey as much as I do.
4 – What are you most looking forward to this season?
I would have to say the home opener and watching our two banners go up. I think I might have a tear in my eye just thinking about all of the memories. We are going to have a really good team and I think we are going to go far again. It is so exciting.
5 – What rival are you looking forward to seeing the most?
I would say No. 1 is Topeka, of course because of all of our history. I still know a number of guys on Texas and they like to give me a hard time.
6 – What are your goals and expectations this season?
My goal would be to continue playing well every game and be successful in playoffs. I want us to advance to the Robertson Cup and win the championship. Not come up that one game short.
7 – Favorite memory of last season?
I would have to say coming back after tearing my hip flexor. We came back to win the South Division. I still think about it and it makes me feel so great. We were down and came back, which was typical Bulls hockey. We never gave up.