Jack Johnson (ice hockey)

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Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson - Columbus Blue Jackets.jpg
Johnson in 2013
Born (1987-01-13) January 13, 1987 (age 27)
Indianapolis, IN, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 238 lb (108 kg; 17 st 0 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 is known as a capable two-way defensemen, combining physical prowess and offensive capabilities in his style of play.[1]

Following two years with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, Johnson was selected 3rd overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. After a year at the University of Michigan, Johnson's rights were traded to the Los Angeles Kings. Johnson would play another year at Michigan before signing his first professional contract with the Kings. In February 2012, he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets after five seasons in Los Angeles. Johnson has represented the United States on the international stage multiple times, most notably playing for Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He is engaged to Kelly Quinn; sister of NFL player, Brady Quinn.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

Jack Johnson attended Shattuck-Saint Mary's Boarding School in Minnesota. As a sophomore during the 2002–03 hockey season, Johnson scored 15 goals and 27 assists as 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),[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Kings[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

During the 2009-10 season, Johnson would greatly improve his game, scoring eight goals and 28 assists, 2nd only to Drew Doughty in defensive scoring on the Kings. His play earned him a selection to the Team USA at the 2010 Olympics along with Kings team captain Dustin Brown, winning silver.

On January 8, 2011, Johnson signed a seven-year extension with the Kings, at the time, Johnson led all Kings defensemen in points scored with 4 goals and 24 assists. The contract carries a $4.3 million cap hit.[7][8] He would end the 2010-2011 NHL season with a career high 42 points, ranking 6th among all Kings skaters. His 2011-12 season with the Kings would be a tough one for Johnson however, as he failed to score at his level the season before with only 24 points in 61 games by February 12, 2012.

Columbus Blue Jackets[edit]

Johnson playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013.

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.[9] Upon arriving in Columbus, 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.[10] Playing in 21 games for the Jackets after his trade, he recorded four goals along with 10 assists.[11] Johnson declared that he had no hard feelings in leaving Los Angeles, given that "people [in Columbus] accepting me with such open arms",[12] 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.[13]

With the 2013 NHL lockout halting play to start the year, Johnson spent the lockout training so he would be in the top shape once the game returned.[12] 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.[14] He scored one of the goals in the season closer against the Nashville Predators,[15] 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.[12] Johnson is considered a front-runner to become Columbus' first full-fledged captain since Rick Nash.[16]

Johnson struggled during the first half of the 2013-14 NHL season, with only 11 points in 43 games by January,[17] a factor in the decision to not include Johnson on Team USA for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi[18] despite being considered by many to be a lock for the team.[19] His play would improve in the new year and Johnson would score 22 points in the 39 remaining games to finish the year with 5 goals and 33 points and help the Blue Jackets clinch their first playoff berth since 2009.

The Blue Jackets would face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs, but fell in 6 games. Johnson led all Blue Jackets players in playoff scoring, with 3 goals and 7 points in the 6 game series, including 2 assists in a narrow 4-3 loss on home ice that knocked the Blue Jackets out of the playoffs.[20]

International career[edit]

JackJohnson2010WinterOlympics.jpg
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.[21] 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
2013-14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 5 28 33 48 6 3 4 7 4
NHL totals 490 44 146 190 331 18 4 15 19 10

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 totals 31 9 8 17 128
Senior 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

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://forecaster.thehockeynews.com/hockeynews/hockey/player.php?4956
  2. ^ DeCock, Luke (May 2009). "Canes Grow from Within". The Hockey News. 
  3. ^ "Canes trade top prospect Johnson in multiplayer deal". ESPN. October 1, 2006. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  4. ^ Colvin, Amber (March 26, 2007). "Star Defenseman Hits Road To NHL". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved October 8, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Canucks top Kings, extend lead in Northwest". ESPN. March 29, 2007. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  6. ^ Elliott, Helene (October 13, 2008). "Update on Kings' Jack Johnson injury". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 25, 2010. 
  7. ^ Hammond, Rich (January 8, 2011). "Details on Johnson’s Contract". Los Angeles Kings. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jack Johnson, Defenseman, Los Angeles Kings". Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Jeff Carter traded for Jack Johnson". ESPN. February 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  10. ^ https://twitter.com/bluejacketsnhl/status/177831784627712002
  11. ^ http://bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/blogs/puck-rakers/2012/05/report-card-jack-johnson.html
  12. ^ a b c Dillman, Lisa (February 5, 2013). "Former Kings defenseman Jack Johnson prospering in Columbus". Los Angeles Times. 
  13. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2013/02/19/sp-nhl-jack-johnson-columbus-blue-jackets-los-angeles-kings.html |url= missing title (help). 
  14. ^ http://bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/stories/2013/04/27/playoff-believer.html
  15. ^ http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2012020713
  16. ^ Allen, Kevin (February 1, 2013). "Who could be the Blue Jackets' next captain?". USA Today. 
  17. ^ http://bluejackets.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471677
  18. ^ http://thehockeywriters.com/fanning-flames-now-jack-johnson-disappointed-usa-hockey/
  19. ^ http://espn.go.com/olympics/hockey/story/_/id/10195703/how-us-hockey-team-bound-sochi-olympics-was-named
  20. ^ http://bluejackets.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471677&season=20132014&view=gamelog
  21. ^ "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
2005
Succeeded by
Brandon Sutter
Preceded by
Andy Greene
CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
2006-07
Succeeded by
Tyler Eckford