March 31, 2011 4:30 pm

School ties for Greene, Johnson

It doesn’t seem as though the “Frozen Four” will lead to a Cold War in the Kings’ locker room. Among the four teams remaining in the NCAA hockey tournament are North Dakota (Matt Greene’s school) and the University of Michigan (Jack Johnson’s school) and they will meet in next Thursday’s national semifinals. Greene and Johnson also happen to be roommates on the road, so it’s safe to say that the college matchup could fuel some…

“Friendly banter?” Greene offered. “Yeah, we’ve talked about it. Maybe (wager) dinner or something like that, or a hotel-room bill, since we’re roomies.”

Johnson played at Michigan for two years and Greene played at North Dakota for three years. The Kings have other tie-ins at North Dakota, as the team includes Derek Forbort, the Kings’ first-round pick last year, as well as Brett Hextall, son of Kings assistant general manager Ron Hextall. Greene said he keeps tabs on his alma mater…

GREENE: “I check up on them. I don’t know the exact stats, but I know when they’re playing and I’m obviously paying attention now because it’s the Frozen Four and it’s a big deal. I’m sure Jack is proud of Michigan, and I’m proud of UND. … A lot of the coaches that are there are the same coaches as when I was there, and the training staff. In the community in general, not a lot changes, so it’s fun to follow them and fun to be a part of it. It’s cool to see them having success.”

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