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Bears sign Jamie Johnson for 2013-14

The Hershey Bears announced today that the club has signed forward Jamie Johnson to an American Hockey League contract for the 2013-14 season.

Johnson will return to North America after his second stint playing overseas. Last season, Johnson played in 52 games with the KHL’s Dinamo Riga, recording 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists). He also played the 2008-09 season in Europe with Finland’s TPS Turku.

In between his two years spent overseas, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound native of London, Ont., had successful campaigns in the American Hockey League. His most recent AHL tenure was spent with the Grand Rapids Griffins, where he recorded 96 points (33 goals, 63 assists) in 154 games from 2010-12, tying for the team scoring lead in 2011-12. In 2009-10, Johnson put up career highs with 27 goals, 44 assists and 71 points in all 80 games played as the scoring leader of the Rochester Americans.

In 423 career AHL games, Johnson has racked up 282 points (96 goals, 186 assists) with the Iowa Stars, Bridgeport Soud Tigers, Albany River Rats, Rochester Americans and Grand Rapids Griffins.