Jack Johnson (ice hockey)
Johnson in 2013
January 13, 1987 |
Indianapolis, IN, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||238 lb (108 kg; 17 st 0 lb)|
|Columbus Blue Jackets
Los Angeles Kings
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||3rd overall, 2005
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 in the NHL for the Los Angeles Kings. Johnson is known as a capable two-way defenseman, combining physical prowess and offensive capabilities in his style of play.
Following two years with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, Johnson was selected third 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, the sister of former National Football League (NFL) quarterback Brady Quinn.
Johnson attended Shattuck-Saint Mary's Boarding School in Faribault, 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 (CCHA). 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), Hurricanes' General Manager 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.
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. During his tenure at Michigan, Johnson became a fan favorite for his physicality and end-to-end play.
Los Angeles Kings
After Michigan lost in the West Regional Semi-finals 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. He would play five games on the season, recording 18 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 goaltender Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. Johnson scored three goals and eight assists that season.
During the 2009–10 season, Johnson would greatly improve his game, scoring eight goals and 28 assists, second only to Drew Doughty in defensive scoring for the Kings. His play earned him a selection to the Team USA at the 2010 Olympics, along with Kings' captain Dustin Brown; the two eventually won the silver medal.
On January 8, 2011, Johnson signed a seven-year extension with the Kings. At the time of the deal, Johnson led all Kings' defensemen in points scored with four goals and 24 assists. The contract carried an annual $4.3 million salary cap hit. He would end the 2010–11 season with a career-high 42 points, ranking sixth among all Kings skaters. His 2011–12 season with the Kings, however, would be a tough one, as he failed to score at the pace he set in the previous season, recording only 24 points in 61 games by February 12, 2012.
Columbus Blue Jackets
On February 23, 2012, Johnson was traded by the Kings to the Columbus Blue Jackets, along with a conditional first-round draft pick (Marko Daňo), in exchange for Jeff Carter. Upon arriving in Columbus, Johnson took the jersey number 7, which had previously been worn by Carter. During a March 8 game against his former team, the Kings, the Blue Jackets offered their fans a one night offer to have their Carter jersey nameplates changed to "J. Johnson" nameplates for free. Playing in 21 games for the Jackets after his trade, he recorded four goals and ten assists. Johnson declared that he had no hard feelings in leaving Los Angeles, given that "people [in Columbus] accepting me with such open arms," 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 for Team USA at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
With the 2012–13 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. In the shortened 2012–13 season, Johnson was one of the Blue Jackets' alternate captains, and was considered the de facto leader of the team as Columbus nearly qualified for the 2013 playoffs. He scored one of his team's goals in the season closer against the Nashville Predators, and broke the Blue Jackets record for most ice time in regulation, nearing 35 minutes in a game against the Detroit Red Wings, which was also the individual record for the season. After his impressive showing of both on-ice skill and leadership, Johnson was considered a front-runner to become Columbus' first full-fledged captain since Rick Nash, though the Blue Jackets ultimately named Nick Foligno as the team's next captain.
Johnson struggled during the first half of the 2013–14 season, with only 11 points in 43 games by January, a factor in the decision to not include Johnson on Team USA for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi despite being considered by many to be a lock for the team. His play would improve in the new year, however, and Johnson would score 22 points in the 39 remaining games to finish the year with five 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 six games. Johnson led all Blue Jackets players in playoff scoring, with three goals and seven points in the six-game series, including two assists in a narrow 4–3 loss on home ice that knocked the Blue Jackets out of the playoffs.
Johnson warming up before the preliminary round game against Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics
|Competitor for United States|
|IIHF World U18 Championship|
|2005 Czech Republic|
|World Junior Hockey Championships|
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.
Johnson 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. In six games with Team USA, Johnson collected one assist and helped claim a silver medal. In the following 2010 IIHF World Championship, he was selected and named as captain of Team USA.
Shortly after signing his first major contract, a seven-year, $30.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Kings, Johnson granted his mother, Tina Johnson, power of attorney over all his finances. Over the next few years, Tina and Johnson's father, Jack Sr., took out several large, high-interest loans against Johnson's future earnings, a lending practice known as "monetizing," and spent the money on homes, cars and travel.
Lenders, among whom was Iowa Congressman-elect Rod Blum, eventually brought three lawsuits against Jack Johnson for defaulting on over $6 million in debt. In court documents, Johnson claimed to have no knowledge of his parents' spending, but will not pursue criminal charges against them. He has sued Miller, National Mortgage Resources and an investment firm, CYA Investments, for at least $1.5 million, including for punitive damages.
Regular season and playoffs
|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|
|2014–15||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||79||8||32||40||44||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honours
|All-CCHA Rookie Team||2005–06|
|All-CCHA First Team||2006–07|||
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2006–07|
|CCHA All-Tournament Team||2007|||
- July 30, 2005 – Drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, third overall.
- September 29, 2006 – Rights traded to the Los Angeles Kings with Oleg Tverdovsky in exchange for Tim Gleason and Éric Bélanger.
- March 24, 2007 – Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Kings.
- January 8, 2011 – Signed a seven-year contract extension with the Kings.
- February 23, 2012 – Traded to Columbus Blue Jackets with the Kings' first round pick 2013 (Marko Daňo) for Jeff Carter.
- DeCock, Luke (May 2009). "Canes Grow from Within". The Hockey News.
- "Canes trade top prospect Johnson in multiplayer deal". ESPN. October 1, 2006. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
- Colvin, Amber (March 26, 2007). "Star Defenseman Hits Road To NHL". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved October 8, 2008.
- "Canucks top Kings, extend lead in Northwest". ESPN. March 29, 2007. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
- Elliott, Helene (October 13, 2008). "Update on Kings' Jack Johnson injury". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 25, 2010.
- Hammond, Rich (January 8, 2011). "Details on Johnson’s Contract". Los Angeles Kings. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
- "Jack Johnson, Defenseman, Los Angeles Kings". Retrieved November 16, 2011.
- "Jeff Carter traded for Jack Johnson". ESPN. February 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
- Report Card: Jack Johnson
- Dillman, Lisa (February 5, 2013). "Former Kings defenseman Jack Johnson prospering in Columbus". Los Angeles Times.
- "5 Questions: Jack Johnson likes carrying load in Columbus". CBC News.
- Blue Jackets: Playoff believer
- Allen, Kevin (February 1, 2013). "Who could be the Blue Jackets' next captain?". USA Today.
- NHL (May 20, 2015). "Nick Foligno named sixth captain in Blue Jackets history". NHL.com. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
- Fanning the Flames: Now Jack Johnson is Disappointed in USA Hockey
- How the U.S. hockey team was named
- "Jack Johnson will march in opening ceremony for U.S". CTV. February 8, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2009.
- Portzline, Aaron (November 20, 2014). "Blind-sided: Blue Jackets’ Jack Johnson is bankrupt; who led him there is biggest shocker". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
- "All-CCHA Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
- "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jack Johnson (ice hockey).|
- Jack Johnson's player profile at NHL.com
- Jack Johnson's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Jack Johnson's player profile at TSN.ca
- Profile on hockeysfuture.com
|Awards and achievements|
|Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick
|CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman