Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits announced that the club has re-signed forward Johno May for the upcoming 2018-19 season. May skated with the Swamp Rabbits last year in the final eight games of the regular season, notching a goal and five assists in his first pro action.
May, 24, made his pro debut in Greenville on Mar. 23 against the Jacksonville Icemen and made some club history. His first pro goal in the third period held up as the game-winning goal, becoming the franchise’s first player to score a game-winning goal in his pro debut. The following night he collected three assists and helped Greenville to a weekend sweep of the Icemen.
“I give a huge amount of credit to the veteran players and the fans last season. Greenville is such a great town and it’s a great opportunity to play there,” said May. “I’ve had some great conversations with coach already. I’m excited about the tough brand of hockey he wants to bring to Greenville. Those teams typically have the hardest working players, so it’s going to make us an exciting team on the ice for the fans to rally behind.”
“Last year I was able to find areas of my game that needed improvement,” he continued. “At the pro level things definitely speed up and you have less time, so any way I can make myself faster has been a focus this offseason. I’m just looking forward to getting back in the swing of things.”
The Mahtomedi, Minnesota native came to Greenville from American International College where he played four seasons. In 143 games, May tallied 60 points (22G, 38A) and had his most productive offensive season as a freshman. The 6-foot-5 rookie notched 30 points (7G, 23A), was third on the roster in scoring, and notched the second most assists in school history.
“We are excited to have (Johno) back. We were looking for a player of his size and ability, who can contribute at both ends of the ice,” said head coach Kevin Kerr. “He really exploded at the end of last season and showed he has the vision to play at the ECHL level. It will be good to see how that experience helped prepare him for this year”
Before enrolling at AIC, May played parts of two seasons in the NAHL with the Minnesota Wilderness, Janesville Jets, and Bismarck Bobcats. In 78 games from 2012-2014, he collected 36 points (12G, 24A). May also played three seasons at Mahtomedi High School in Minnesota before turning to junior hockey.
May joins JT Henke on the Swamp Rabbits offseason signings list. As the offseason continues, stay tuned to SwampRabbits.com for a full updated list of players to sign for the upcoming season.
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