His MySpace page was scrutinized, his sexiness debated and his hockey prowess dissected. He appeared at the Republican National Convention, playing the role of supportive boyfriend. It was equal parts awkward, captivating and unbelievable.
Not to mention a story perfect for bloggers and the comments that drive them. It was scandalous, related to politics and unexpected. Strong opinions were voiced, conspiracy theories buoyed.
But with Sarah Palin and the Republican's defeat in the November election, Johnston has been out of the spotlight. You may have even forgotten about him.
His mother, Sherry Johnston, was arrested on drug charges Thursday in Wasilla, Ak.
"The Anchorage Daily News reported Friday that Sherry L. Johnston, 42, was arrested by Alaska State Troopers at her Wasilla home and charged with six felony counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance.
The arrest was the result of an "undercover narcotics investigation," according to police.
Few details were available. Johnston was released on $5,000 bond, according to the paper.
He's back. The title of most famous high school hockey player of all-time may be his after all.