Craig Johnson (ice hockey b. 1972)

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Craig Johnson
Born (1972-03-08) March 8, 1972 (age 43)
Saint Paul, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
EBEL team
Former teams
EC Red Bull Salzburg
St. Louis Blues
Los Angeles Kings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Washington Capitals
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
National team  United States
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 1990
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1994–2008

Craig Thomas Johnson (born March 8, 1972 in Saint Paul, Minnesota), is an American ice hockey player who most recently played for the EC Red Bull Salzburg of Austria's Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. He drafted 33rd overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play 563 games in the National Hockey League. He is best remembered as being the key player the Los Angeles Kings received in the Wayne Gretzky trade of 1996.

Johnson made his NHL debut during the 1994-95 season with St. Louis. He scored the first goal in the Kiel Center (now Scottrade Center) when it opened in 1995. On February 27, 1996, Johnson was traded with Patrice Tardif, Roman Vopat and two draft picks to the Los Angeles Kings for Wayne Gretzky. He would remain a King for another seven seasons until 2003 where he played for three different teams during the 2003-04 season, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Johnson moved to Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga, signing with the Hamburg Freezers. After one season he signed with the DEG Metro Stars in Düsseldorf where he spent two seasons. In 2007, Johnson moved to Austria and signed with Red Bull Salzberg.

Johnson is now retired and coaches youth hockey in Orange County, California for SCAHA's Anaheim Wildcats.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 1990–91
WCHA All-Tournament Team 1992 [2]
WCHA All-Tournament Team 1993 [2]


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