Jack Johnson (ice hockey)

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Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson Blue Jackets.jpg
Johnson playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013
Born (1987-01-13) January 13, 1987 (age 27)
Indianapolis, IN, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 231 lb (105 kg; 16 st 7 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Los Angeles Kings
National team  United States
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 2005
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2007–present

John Joseph Louis "Jack" Johnson III (born January 13, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman and an alternate captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Los Angeles Kings. Johnson was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, but grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Playing career[edit]

Jack Johnson attended Shattuck-Saint Mary's Boarding School in Minnesota. As a sophomore during the 2002–03 hockey season, he helped the school's Midget Major AAA team win the U.S. National Championship along with current NHL player Sidney Crosby.

Johnson was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, third overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft from the Team USA under-18 national team, but did not immediately jump to the NHL, instead playing for the University of Michigan in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. In his freshman season, Johnson set school records for points (32) and penalty minutes (149) by a freshman defenseman. After his freshman season, however, with the Hurricanes needing a defenseman and Johnson having committed to another collegiate season (the Hurricanes had tried to sign him after his freshman season ended),[1] Canes' GM Jim Rutherford traded Johnson's rights on September 29, 2006, along with Oleg Tverdovsky, to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Tim Gleason and Éric Bélanger.[2]

After his rights were traded, Johnson played one more season for the Wolverines, setting the school record for the most goals (16) by a sophomore defenseman in a single season and was named the CCHA Offensive Defenseman of the Year.[3] During his tenure at Michigan, Johnson became a fan favorite for his physicality and end-to-end play.[citation needed]

Johnson during his tenure with the Los Angeles Kings

After Michigan lost in the West Regional Semifinals of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, rather than return to Michigan and finish the semester, Johnson jumped to the NHL and signed his entry-level contract with the Kings in March 2007, making his NHL debut on March 29 against the Vancouver Canucks.[4] Johnson would play five games on the season, recording eighteen penalty minutes and no points. Johnson recorded his first NHL point on October 10, 2007; assisting a Kyle Calder goal in a loss to the Dallas Stars. His first goal came on October 19, 2007 against goalie Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. Johnson scored 3 goals and 8 assists that season.

Early in the 2008-09 season, Johnson suffered a shoulder injury and missed 41 games after needing surgery.[5]

During the 2009-10 season, Johnson scored eight goals and 28 assists, and was named to represent Team USA at the 2010 Olympics, winning silver.

On January 8, 2011, Johnson signed a seven-year extension with the Kings. The contract carries a $4.3 million cap hit.[6][7]

On February 23, 2012, Johnson was traded by the Kings to the Columbus Blue Jackets along with a conditional first round draft pick in exchange for Jeff Carter.[8] Johnson took the jersey number 7, which had been worn by Jeff Carter. During a March 8 game against Jeff Carter and the Kings, the Blue Jackets offered their fans a one night offer to have their Carter jersey nameplates changed to J. Johnson, free of charge.[9] Playing in 21 games for the Jackets after his trade, he recorded four goals along with 10 assists.[10] Johnson declared that he had no hard feelings in leaving Los Angeles, given that "people [in Columbus] accepting me with such open arms",[11] and "I was looking forward to my new opportunity and getting the chance to play and be myself in Columbus". Johnson added that he did not follow the Kings' subsequent run to win the Stanley Cup as he was in Finland playing the 2012 IIHF World Championship.[12]

Johnson spent the 2013 NHL lockout training so he would be in the top shape once the game returned.[11] In the shortened 2012-13 NHL season, Johnson was one of the Blue Jackets alternate captains, and was considered the de facto leader of the team as it almost qualified to the playoffs.[13] He scored one of the goals in the season closer against the Nashville Predators,[14] and broke the Blue Jackets record for most ice time in regulation nearing 35 minutes in a game against the Red Wings, which was also the individual record that season.[11] Johnson is considered a front-runner to become Columbus' first full-fledged captain since Rick Nash.[15]

International career[edit]

Johnson warming up before the preliminary round game against Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver
IIHF World U18 Championship
Silver 2004 Belarus
Gold 2005 Czech Republic
World Junior Hockey Championships
Bronze 2007 Sweden

Jack Johnson was first selected to the United States junior team at the 2004 IIHF World Championship. Despite failing to medal in the 2006 World Junior Championships he was selected to the All-Star Team of the Tournament.

He was named to his first Olympic team on January 1, 2010. Johnson would march on behalf of the United States Olympic team in the opening ceremony in Vancouver on February 12, 2010, being the first American-born NHL player to march in the Olympic opening ceremony.[16] In 6 games with Team USA, Johnson collected 1 assist and helped claim a silver medal. In the following 2010 IIHF World Championship he was selected and named as Captain of Team USA.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 University of Michigan CCHA 38 10 22 32 149
2006–07 University of Michigan CCHA 36 16 23 39 83
2006–07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 5 0 0 0 18
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 74 3 8 11 76
2008–09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 41 6 5 11 46
2009–10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 8 28 36 48 6 0 7 7 6
2010–11 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 5 37 42 44 6 1 4 5 0
2011–12 Los Angeles Kings NHL 61 8 16 24 24
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 21 4 10 14 15
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 44 5 14 19 12
NHL totals 408 39 118 157 283 12 1 11 12 6

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States U17 5 3 1 4 16
2004 United States U18 6 2 0 2 18
2005 United States U18 6 0 2 2 35
2006 United States WJC 7 1 5 6 45
2007 United States WJC 7 3 0 3 14
2007 United States WC 7 1 0 1 0
2009 United States WC 9 5 2 7 10
2010 United States OLY 6 0 1 1 2
2010 United States WC 6 0 3 3 4
2011 United States WC 7 1 2 3 8
2012 United States WC 8 3 1 4 16
Junior International totals 31 9 8 17 128
Senior International totals 43 10 9 19 40

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA Rookie Team 2005-06
All-CCHA First Team 2006-07
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2006–07



  1. ^ DeCock, Luke (May 2009). "Canes Grow from Within". The Hockey News. 
  2. ^ "Canes trade top prospect Johnson in multiplayer deal". ESPN. October 1, 2006. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  3. ^ Colvin, Amber (March 26, 2007). "Star Defenseman Hits Road To NHL". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Canucks top Kings, extend lead in Northwest". ESPN. March 29, 2007. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  5. ^ Elliott, Helene (October 13, 2008). "Update on Kings' Jack Johnson injury". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 25, 2010. 
  6. ^ Hammond, Rich (January 8, 2011). "Details on Johnson’s Contract". Los Angeles Kings. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jack Johnson, Defenseman, Los Angeles Kings". Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jeff Carter traded for Jack Johnson". ESPN. February 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/bluejacketsnhl/status/177831784627712002
  10. ^ http://bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/blogs/puck-rakers/2012/05/report-card-jack-johnson.html
  11. ^ a b c Dillman, Lisa (February 5, 2013). "Former Kings defenseman Jack Johnson prospering in Columbus". Los Angeles Times. 
  12. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2013/02/19/sp-nhl-jack-johnson-columbus-blue-jackets-los-angeles-kings.html
  13. ^ http://bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/stories/2013/04/27/playoff-believer.html
  14. ^ http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2012020713
  15. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/jackets/2013/02/01/columbus-blue-jackets-captain-candidates/1882323/
  16. ^ "Jack Johnson will march in opening ceremony for U.S". CTV. February 8, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2009. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Andrew Ladd
Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Brandon Sutter
Preceded by
Andy Greene
CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
Succeeded by
Tyler Eckford