Greg Powers has been stewarding the ASU hockey team through the division-one waters now for three seasons.

As the head coach of a fledgling program, Powers scours the country for some of the best young talents in the country.

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He didn't have to look very far to find Johnny Walker.

The freshman forward probably wears the maroon and gold as a badge of honor more than the other eight new faces, as the rookie grew up in Phoenix playing hockey, never thinking he would one day play NCAA Division I hockey in his own backyard.

After winning the USHL Calder Cup with the Chicago Steel earlier this year, Walker returns hoping to leave a legacy in his hometown.

This season, Walker has been on the ice for nine games. The Sun Devils are finding their way with a record of 2-6-2, with Walker scoring his first collegiate goal in a game against U.M.-Amherst on October 7.

Walker and his teammates welcome in 2017 Big-10 champion Penn State for a two-game series this Friday and Saturday night at Gila River Arena.

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