Such is the evolution of Swift Current, Saskatchewan born MacKenzie Johnston over four quick seasons in a Kelowna Rockets uniform.
One of four returning overage players, the defensive defenceman would have been entering his 5th season with the organization but was the odd man out as the team decided to go with Myles Bell, Zach Franko and goaltender Jordon Cooke.
Gavin McLeod, Brett Palin and Darren Deschamps are just three other examples defensive minded d-men who rarely received the accolades they deserve.
While not overly physical, Johnston worked on his game in an effort to earn a regular shift. In the end he played in 233 games in the WHL wearing Rockets colours.
Johnston had a quiet confidence about him, something you admired because of the way he carried himself.
Without question, 'Johnny', as he is known to his teammates, will be missed on the ice and in the locker room.