Brent Johnson

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Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson Penguins.jpg
Born (1977-03-12) March 12, 1977 (age 37)
Farmington, MI, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches right
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
St. Louis Blues
Phoenix Coyotes
Washington Capitals
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 129th overall, 1995
Colorado Avalanche[1]
Playing career 1997–present

Brent Johnson (born March 12, 1977) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He has played in the National Hockey League for the St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playing career[edit]

Olaf Kölzig and Brent Johnson in a 2007–08 Capitals practice session at the Kettler Ice Center in Arlington, Virginia.

Originally a fifth round 1995 draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche, he started his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues in the 1998-1999 season.[2] He played there until he was traded during the 2003–04 season to the Phoenix Coyotes. Johnson was signed by the Vancouver Canucks prior to the start of the 2005–06 season, but was soon claimed on waivers by the Capitals, where he played behind both Olaf Kölzig and José Théodore.

Johnson is the grandson of NHL Hall of Famer Sid Abel and the son of former NHL goaltender Bob Johnson.[3] Brent Johnson was in goal for the Capitals on February 4, 2006 when they played against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning's goaltender for the game was John Grahame, the son of former NHL goaltender Ron Grahame. According to the Capitals, this game was the first occasion where two second-generation NHL goaltenders competed against each other.[4]

For the week ending November 9, 2008, Johnson was named the NHL Third Star of the Week by helping the Capitals collect five points in three games (each consecutive starts). He went 2–0–1 with a 1.63 GAA and a .953 save percentage.

He underwent hip surgery in February 2009 and was expected to be out of action two months.[5]

Johnson was deemed expendable by Washington after the emergence of young goalie Semyon Varlamov. On July 21, 2009, Johnson was signed as a free agent to a one-year contract by the Pittsburgh Penguins to back-up Marc-André Fleury.[6] After helping the Penguins to 10 wins in 23 games for the 2009–10 season he was signed to a two-year extension with Pittsburgh, through to the 2011–12 season on April 13, 2010.[7] On February 2, 2011, Johnson had his first fight in the NHL when he engaged with Rick DiPietro in a fight after DiPietro and Matt Cooke collided near the goal crease. Johnson skated over to DiPietro, ignoring the referee waving him off, and took DiPietro down with one punch. It was later found out that DiPietro suffered facial fractures from the punch. Johnson received leaving crease and game misconduct penalties. The next game against the Islanders (9 days later), Johnson once again in goal, fought with Islanders center Micheal Haley along with Penguins forward Eric Godard who left the bench to assist his goaltender. Johnson received a 5-minute fighting major, which was served by Marc-André Fleury.

In the last year of his contract with the Penguins, during the 2011–12 season, Johnson struggled to repeat his impressive earlier form and suffered his worst season in Pittsburgh.[8] With just six wins, he was subsequently not tendered a new contract by the Penguins and was released to free agency.

Personal[edit]

He married Erica Danielle Ence of Burke, Virginia on August 11, 2007.[citation needed] On April 4, 2011, the couple welcomed their daughter, Everly Grayce.

Johnson is the grandson of NHL Hall of Famer Sid Abel and the son of former Penguins' goaltender Bob Johnson.

Johnson is also a fan of Led Zeppelin and pays tribute to the band on his goalie mask.

Career statistics[edit]

Brent Johnson, October 2011.

Regular season[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1994–95 Owen Sound Platers OHL 18 3 9 1 904 95 0 4.98
1995–96 Owen Sound Platers OHL 58 24 28 1 3211 243 1 4.54
1996–97 Owen Sound Platers OHL 50 20 28 1 2798 201 1 4.31 .891
1997–98 Worcester Ice Cats AHL 42 14 15 7 2240 119 0 3.19 .899
1998–99 Worcester Ice Cats AHL 49 22 22 4 2925 146 2 2.99 .896
1998–99 St. Louis Blues NHL 6 3 2 0 286 10 0 2.10 .921
1999–00 Worcester Ice Cats AHL 58 24 27 5 3319 161 3 2.91 .911
2000–01 St. Louis Blues NHL 31 19 9 2 1744 63 4 2.17 .907
2001–02 St. Louis Blues NHL 58 34 20 4 3491 127 5 2.18 .902
2002–03 Worcester Ice Cats AHL 2 0 1 1 125 8 0 3.84 .880
2002–03 St. Louis Blues NHL 38 16 13 5 2042 85 2 2.47 .900
2003–04 Worcester Ice Cats AHL 8 2 2 2 365 14 0 2.30 .910
2003–04 St. Louis Blues NHL 10 4 3 1 493 20 1 2.43 .901
2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 8 1 6 1 486 21 0 2.59 .914
2005–06 Washington Capitals NHL 26 9 12 1 1413 81 1 3.43 .905
2006–07 Washington Capitals NHL 30 6 15 7 1644 99 0 3.61 .889
2007–08 Hershey Bears AHL 1 0 1 0 59 3 0 3.04 .925
2007–08 Washington Capitals NHL 19 7 8 2 1032 46 0 2.67 .908
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 16 10 4 2 902 37 0 2.46 .908
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 23 10 6 1 1108 51 0 2.76 .906
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 23 13 5 3 1297 47 1 2.17 .922
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 16 6 7 2 811 42 0 3.11 .883
NHL totals 309 140 112 31 1698 744 14 2.63 .904

Playoffs[edit]

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1995–96 Owen Sound Platers OHL 6 2 4 371 29 0 4.69
1996–97 Owen Sound Platers OHL 4 0 4 253 24 0 5.69
1997–98 Worcester Ice Cats AHL 6 3 2 332 19 0 3.43
1998–99 Worcester Ice Cats AHL 4 1 3 238 12 0 3.03 .916
1999–00 Worcester Ice Cats AHL 9 4 5 561 23 1 2.46 .931
2000–01 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 0 1 62 2 0 1.94 .944
2001–02 St. Louis Blues NHL 10 5 5 590 18 3 1.83 .929
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 31 1 0 1.91 .857
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 34 4 0 7.06 .636
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 20 2 0 6.00 .667
NHL totals 15 5 6 738 27 3 2.20 .914

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "Brent Johnson profile". "http://penguins.nhl.com". Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Legendsofhockey - Brent Johnson". legendsofhockey.net. 2010-08-14. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  4. ^ "Grahame gets another shutout as Bolts beat Caps". ESPN. 2006-02-04. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  5. ^ "Caps G Johnson Needs Hip Surgery". Yahoo! Sports. 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2009-02-07. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Pens sign Goaltender Brent Johnson". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  7. ^ "Penguins sign Johnson to two-year contract extension". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  8. ^ "Penguins have faith in struggling back-up Johnson". NBC Sports. 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 

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