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9/14/2006 10:36:38 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes are still trying to get top pick Jack Johnson in the fold but, according to the Charlotte News Observer, the University of Michigan defenceman has no intention of leaving school for the NHL at this time.

The pressure to get Johnson in camp intensified this week when the Hurricanes top defenceman, Frantisek Kaberle, had shoulder surgery. He might miss the entire season.

Even with a roster spot open, Jack Johnson Sr. told the News Observer his son was not leaving Ann Arbor.

"He's enrolled in classes, and he's going to play at Michigan this season," Johnson said. "There's no way this kid is going to walk out on his team at the 11th hour. I understand Carolina's position, and he does, too, but he made the commitment to Michigan, he values the Michigan education tremendously and he's looked forward all his life to this.

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