About Johnson's Jerseys

It starts with that first jersey...

My start in collecting game worn jerseys was actually a few years before I even knew what collecting "gamers" was all about. I purchased my first jersey directly from the Michigan Tech Huskies back in 1995 when I was a student at MTU. Shortly before I made my purchase, MTU had changed the style of their jersey slightly and had replaced all of the home and road jerseys. At the time, I was simply trying to order a blank Bauer authentic jersey through the University Pro Shop that I could wear to games. When my request reached the manager of the Pro Shop he suggested that I might be able to save some money by contacting the team because they had some used jerseys that were sitting around. So after making a few calls I got to sift through dozens of jerseys before I picked one that looked "nice." If I knew then what I know now, I would have taken out a loan and bought them all. Just try and find a Michigan Tech jersey on the market today - it's near impossible.
In the following years as I finished my degree at Tech I became more and more interested in the game of hockey. Not just playing (see below), but learning about the history of the game. One day while reading The Hockey News I found a dealer selling game used jerseys. I requested a catalog, and as they say, "The rest is history." Over the years I have connected with hundreds of other collectors around the world and other dealers as well. My Michigan Tech collection has grown to almost four dozen unique styles worn by the Huskies from the 1960s to present day. While acquiring Michigan Tech game worns will always be my main goal, I've also added jerseys of Michigan Tech alumni who played professionally. As I learned more about the game worn jersey hobby, I decided to try and collect one jersey from all of the other active NCAA Division-I programs. Today that collection has grown to one of the largest collections of college game worns in the world, numbering roughly 700 in all. Of course this changes by the week thanks to all the great people I've met in this hobby as I acquire new styles and swap them with other collectors/fans. I hope that by visiting this site you too will gain a greater appreciation for the rich tradition of the Michigan Tech Huskies and college hockey in general.

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson (Michigan Tech '98)
Owner of Johnson's Jerseys

Ryan Johnson - #14

Mosinee Papermakers (GLHL)
1999-2001

I still play the game as well as preserve it...

Compared to most people associated with the game of hockey, I got a late start. Hockey really wasn't that big of a deal to me...until I attended Michigan Tech. After watching just a few college games, I was hooked. So at the age of 18 I learned to skate and gave the game of hockey a try. I played whenever I could, and as I look back, I think my late start gave me a greater appreciation for the game than others my age could find. Some of them had been playing since they could walk and were just burned out, but for me it was both new and challenging.
When I relocated to Wausau, WI in the winter of 1998 I quickly found that if I wanted to continue playing competitive hockey, beyond no-check college intramurals, I was going to have to take my game to the next level. That meant a try out with the Mosinee Papermakers who played in the Great Lakes Hockey League (USA Sr. Over 18 Full Check). The long bus trips and the physical part of the game were quite a drain some times, but being able to play at a level I never though I would get to, made it all worthwhile. It certainly gave me a better idea of what the pros must go through to become elite level players and to maintain that level on a daily basis. I can say without a doubt that being a fan is much easier and requires fewer ice packs.

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Denver Wolfpack (ICAHL)
2015 to Present
Sponsored by Johnson's Jerseys

A second "career" on the ice 25 years and counting....

While I still take to the ice weekly, I'm now content to keep it at a recreational level, playing at several rinks in the Denver, CO area. In an attempt to one-up the great Reggie Dunlop, I'm not only a player / coach, but I also manage the roster, serve as equipment manager in off season mending socks / jerseys and at times I feel like a cat herder trying to get everyone to be at the right rink at the right time each week. Who knew getting a bunch of adults to show up for a weekly hockey game would take so much effort. Thankfully most rinks we play at have a bar near by so I haven't been asked to bring oranges slices and purple juice for a post game snack... yet.



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