Student-Athlete Spotlight: Matt Johnson, Men's Hockey

Jan. 6, 2014

Matt Johnson, Student=Athlete Spotlight

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Matt Johnson
No. 26
Junior Forward
Tri-City Storm (USHL)
Stillwater, Minn.

Matt Johnson, a junior forward on the Ohio State men's hockey team, has played in 15 games this season, recording five points on two goals and three assists. He has skated in 78 games as a Buckeye and has 10 goals, nine assists and 19 points in his career, along with a +5 rating. A native of Stillwater, Minn., who played junior hockey with the Tri-City Storm in the United States Hockey League before coming to Ohio State, Johnson is a consumer and family financial services major. Johnson and the Buckeyes return to action this weekend with two games vs. Michigan State in Value City Arena. The series is the first between the teams as Big Ten Conference foes, as men's hockey was added as an official conference sport this season.

    Student Life
    Do you prefer the Oval in the Fall or Spring (or maybe the Winter)? Spring for sure
    Where is the best place to sit for lectures? Middle of the class is where I try to sit most of the time
    Most underrated place to study on campus? My truck
    Why did you choose to major in consumer and family financial services? Because my dad is in the business industry and we are identical (we have been called brothers before)
    If you were the University President for a day, what would you do? Drive one of those carts all over campus with a mega phone and say hi to everyone
    Describe your first day as a student at The Ohio State University? Very lost and confused, but excited and amazed at the same time

    Popular Culture
    Who do you wish had a Twitter account? Why would you want to "follow" this account? My dad because it's funny trying to watch him figure that stuff out!
    Favorite TV show - Game of Thrones
    Favorite movie - Top Gun
    Favorite book and/or magazine - Magazine would be Diesel Power :)
    Favorite celebrity - Jessica Alba
    Favorite singer or musical group -Luke Bryan
    Last concert I attended was - Nickelback

    Favorite pro sports team - Pittsburgh Penguins
    Favorite athlete - Sydney Crosby
    The athlete I would most like to compete against - Brett Hull
    Favorite athletic memory - In junior hockey Ryan Dzingel and I kind of had a wrestling match during a line brawl... I won!!
    Team you're most looking forward to competing against - Michigan
    Pre-game superstition/ritual - I put my right skate on before my left and the same with everything else
    What is your top skill? What skill do you need to improve? - My top skill would be hitting. I need to improve on my hands

    Most interesting place I've visited - The Bahamas
    Place I would like to visit - Rome

    Favorite home cooked meal - Moms' chicken enchiladas
    Favorite snack food - Green peppers
    Guilty pleasure snack and/or food - A nice juicy cheeseburger

    Person I most admire - Both of my parents!!
    The greatest risk I've ever taken was - Leaving home at a young age
    In 10 years, I would like to be - Still playing somewhere
    If I had a million dollars, I would - Buy another truck!
    Coolest thing you did this past summer - Went to the Bahamas with my family
    Most prized possession - My truck hands down
    I would like to trade places for a day with - Donald Trump
    Best piece of advice you've received? "You gotta risk it to get the biscuit"
    Dream event (non-sport or sport-related) you would like to attend - SEMA car show
    If your parents bragged about you, what would they say? How great my beard is
    Who tweets too much on your team? Al McLean hands down
    What is your hometown known for? The old lift bridge
    Pop or Soda? Pop
    Cats or Dogs? Dogs for sure; husky pups
    Early Bird or Night Owl? Both, I get up when the sun does and stay up late
    Would you be the O, H, I or the O? - H