Jack Johnson (ice hockey)

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Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson 2018-11-07 1.jpg
Johnson with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2018
Born (1987-01-13) January 13, 1987 (age 34)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Colorado Avalanche
Los Angeles Kings
Columbus Blue Jackets
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Rangers
National teamFlag of the United States.svg  United States
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 2005
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2007present

John Joseph LouisJohnson III (born January 13, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers. In his prime, he was known as a capable two-way defenseman, combining physical prowess and offensive capabilities in his style of play. [1]

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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, his rights were traded to the Los Angeles Kings. He played 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. In 2018, he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins in free agency. But after two disappointing campaigns, [2] [3] he was bought out by the Penguins and he signed a one-year contract with the Rangers.

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.

Playing career

Amateur

Johnson's family moved to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan from Indianapolis shortly after he was born. He grew up playing for Little Caesar's in junior hockey. Johnson transferred to Shattuck-Saint Mary's Boarding School in Faribault, Minnesota before his eighth-grade year. [4] 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 and teammate 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), [5] his rights were traded on September 29, 2006, along with Oleg Tverdovsky, to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Tim Gleason and Éric Bélanger. [6]

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. [7] During his tenure at Michigan, Johnson became a fan favorite for his physicality and end-to-end play.[ citation needed ]

Johnson with the Los Angeles Kings in 2009 Jack Johnson.JPG
Johnson with the Los Angeles Kings in 2009

Professional

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. [8] He played 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.

Early in the 2008–09 season, Johnson suffered a shoulder injury and missed 41 games after needing surgery. [9]

During the 2009–10 season, Johnson greatly improved 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. [10] [11] He ended the 2010–11 season with a career-high 42 points, ranking sixth among all Kings skaters. His 2011–12 season with the Kings, however, was 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

Johnson playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013. Jack Johnson - Columbus Blue Jackets.jpg
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 (Marko Daňo), in exchange for Jeff Carter. [12] 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. [13] Playing in 21 games for the Jackets after his trade, he recorded four goals and ten assists, for a total of 14 points. [14] Johnson declared that he had no hard feelings in leaving Los Angeles, given that "people [in Columbus] accepting me with such open arms," [15] 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. [16]

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. [17] 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. [18] He scored one of his team's goals in the season closer against the Nashville Predators, [19] [20] 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. [15] 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, [21] though the Blue Jackets ultimately named Nick Foligno as the team's next captain. [22]

Johnson struggled during the first half of the 2013–14 season, with only 11 points in 43 games by January, [23] a factor in the decision to not include Johnson on Team USA for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi [24] despite being considered by many to be a lock for the team. [25] His play improved in the new year, however, and Johnson scored 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 lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs. 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. [26]

On January 13, 2018, it was reported that Johnson requested a trade from the Jackets, citing a reduced role as well as a desire to better position himself as a free agent in the summer. [27] Despite his earlier trade request, Johnson remained a member of the Blue Jackets after the trade deadline had passed on February 26.

Pittsburgh Penguins

On June 27, 2018, it was reported that the Pittsburgh Penguins were interested in signing him in the free agency period. [28] Johnson's signing was made official by the Penguins on July 1, 2018, announcing a five-year, $16.25 million agreement. [29] Johnson wore number 73 for the Penguins as veteran Matt Cullen wore his usual number 7. [30] For the 2019–20 season, Johnson again changed his number from 73 to the number 3 following the departure of Olli Määttä, who had previously worn that number.

On October 5, 2020, the Penguins placed Johnson on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out the remaining three years on his contract. [31] [32] The following day, Johnson cleared waivers, making him a free agent.

New York Rangers

On October 9, 2020, Johnson signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with the New York Rangers. [33] Johnson appeared in 13 games with the Rangers during the 2021 NHL season before it was announced on March 20, 2021 that he would undergo a core muscle repair surgery, effectively ending his season. [34]

Colorado Avalanche

As an unrestricted free agent (UFA) heading into the 2021–22 NHL campaign, Johnson was invited to the Colorado Avalanche 2021 training camp on a professional tryout (PTO) contract on September 1, 2021. [35] After participating in training camp and appearing in 5 out of 6 pre-season games with the Avalanche, Johnson made the club's final roster to open the 2021–22 season, securing a one-year, $750,000 contract, on October 10, 2021. [36] On October 13, 2021, Johnson scored the Avalanche's first goal of the 2021–22 season against the Chicago Blackhawks.

International play

JackJohnson2010WinterOlympics.jpg
Johnson warming up before the preliminary round game against Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Medal record
Representing Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2010 Vancouver
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2007 Sweden
World U18 Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2005 Czech Republic
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2004 Belarus

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 marched 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. [37] 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.

Johnson is married to Kelly Quinn, the sister of former National Football League (NFL) quarterback Brady Quinn.

On November 20, 2014, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Johnson had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, claiming just $50,000 in assets against $10 to $15 million in estimated debts. [38] 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, she and Johnson's father, John II, 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. [39]

Lenders, among whom was Iowa Congressman-elect Rod Blum, eventually brought three lawsuits against Johnson for defaulting on over $6 million in debt. In court documents, Johnson claimed to have had 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. [38] By 2016, Johnson had come to an agreement with almost all of his creditors and agreed to liquidate two homes and a luxury car and would only keep $246,000 each of the next two seasons, making him the "lowest-paid player in the NHL for the next two seasons." [40]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2002–03 Shattuck-Saint Mary's Midget48152742136
2003–04 U.S. NTDP U17 USDP311292178
2003–04U.S. NTDP U18 NAHL 293121593
2004–05U.S. NTDP U18USDP26591486
2004–05U.S. NTDP U18NAHL127101757
2005–06 University of Michigan CCHA 38102232149
2006–07 University of MichiganCCHA3616233983
2006–07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 500018
2007–08 Los Angeles KingsNHL74381176
2008–09 Los Angeles KingsNHL41651146
2009–10 Los Angeles KingsNHL80828364860776
2010–11 Los Angeles KingsNHL82537424461450
2011–12 Los Angeles KingsNHL618162424
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL214101415
2012–13 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL445141912
2013–14 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL82528334863474
2014–15 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL798324044
2015–16 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL60681425
2016–17 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL82518233251120
2017–18 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL77381122
2018–19 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL82112134130006
2019–20 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL6738112640000
2020–21 New York Rangers NHL131018
NHL totals95071232303529305162116

International

YearTeamEventGPGAPtsPIM
2004 United States U17 531416
2004 United States WJC18 620218
2005 United StatesWJC18602235
2006 United States WJC 715645
2007 United StatesWJC730314
2007 United States WC 71010
2009 United StatesWC952710
2010 United States OG 60112
2010 United StatesWC60334
2011 United StatesWC71238
2012 United StatesWC831416
2016 United States WCH 20000
Junior totals319817128
Senior totals451091940

Awards and honors

AwardYear
College
All-CCHA Rookie Team 2005–06
All-CCHA First Team 2006–07 [41]
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2006–07
CCHA All-Tournament Team 2007 [42]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick
2005
Succeeded by
Preceded by CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
2006–07
Succeeded by