Brent Johnson was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and grew up in Dallas -- far, far away from college hockey.
But he received an introduction at a young age.
His youth hockey coach in Dallas took his team on a trip to Grand Forks to play a couple of games in Ralph Engelstad Arena. They also toured the venue and watched a UND hockey game.
That coach was Barrett Wilson.
Wilson's father, Rick, captained UND in 1971-72 and won a national title as an assistant coach in 1980 before embarking on a 30-year NHL coaching career. Barrett's brother, Landon, starred at UND for two years before going onto a 10-year NHL career. And Barrett volunteered with the program for two years.