Former Skipper puckster commits to Gophers

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Omaha Lancers defenseman Steve Johnson, a Minnetonka native, committed to the University of Minnesota Wednesday night.

As SB Nation reports, Johnson is playing his first season in the USHL after playing last season for the Aberdeen Wings in the NAHL.

This isn't the first time Minnesota has taken a defenseman from the Lancers. Two current Gopher blue liners - Justin Holl and Ben Marshall - suited up for Omaha in the USHL prior to beginning careers at the U.

The 19 year-old played his high school hockey at Minnetonka High School and on the same team as departed freshman Tommy Vannelli, according to this other story by SB Nation. Johnson, who has two assists in three games, also played with current Minnesota freshman Vinni Lettieri and incoming 2014 recruit Jack Ramsey.

Johnson is expected to play out his stinit in Omaha and joined the Gophers for the 2014-15 season.

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