New West defender gets tapped by Tri City

The Tri City Americans have just become popular in the Royal City again.

The franchise, which spent four seasons as the New Westminster Bruins between 1983-88, made New Westminster native Markus Johansen a happy camper on Thursday.

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The 15-year-old defenceman was selected in the eighth round, 165th overall, by the Americans in the Western Hockey League's Bantam Draft.

A six-foot-tall defenceman in the Delta Bantam Prep program, Johansen put up three goals and eight assists over 26 games this past season in the Canadian Sport Schools Hockey League. A year ago he skated for West Vancouver's prep academy team.

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