Trade-Mart Dundee Stars forward, Carter Johnson has spoken about his first two weeks in Scotland and given his thoughts ahead of the team’s final two preseason matches this weekend.

By Kris Smith

The 27-year-old Canadian is making his venture into European hockey with the Stars this summer and is ready for a big season, as he helps the club push towards their goal of brining a championship back to Dundee.

Discussing his time in the City of Discovery so far, Johnson said: “I am loving it so far, it is a really cool city and a lot different from back home.

“So, we are soaking it all up and exploring all the sights, as well as feeling great on the ice and we have a great bunch of guys here, who are a lot of fun to be around, so I am loving it all so far.”

With the Stars taking a victory on the road in Kirkcaldy last weekend to start off their preseason fixtures, Carter shared what his first experience of European hockey felt like, adding: “The atmosphere was wild, like nothing I had ever seen before.

“It felt like a soccer atmosphere, so that was really cool and it was my first taste of the big ice, so that is something a few of us are still getting used to but we are starting to all gel together.

“Overall I thought it was a really good game in Fife and this week we are just trying to build off of that performance and go from there.”



Then after five more sessions on the ice and many more in the gym this week, Johnson continued: “We have all kept on gelling, everyone has got their legs under them now, adjusted to all their new surroundings, the time zone and everything like that, so we have gelled well this week.

“I feel like our lines are all meshing in well together and we are going full force into this weekend.”

With the first competitive games just around the corner, the Gimli, Manitoba native says that they just want to get some momentum behind them before they roll into Belfast to face the Giants next Friday.

He said: “We just want to get momentum rolling on our side, do all the little things right and keep our speed up as we forecheck hard and play hard

“We have to focus on the little details and from doing simple things like that, the results will come, which will ultimately get our preparations right for Belfast.”



To see Carter and the rest of the Stars roster in a pair of not to be missed exhibition matches against European opponents from Romania and Holland, buy your tickets HERE!

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