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Erik Johnson
Erik Johnson
Position Defense
Shoots Right
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
236 lb (107 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Colorado Avalanche
St Louis Blues
Born March 21 1988 (1988-03-21) (age 29),
Bloomington, MN, USA
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2006
St. Louis Blues
Pro Career 2007 – present

Erik Robert Johnson (born March 21, 1988) is an American ice hockey defenseman playing for the Colorado Avalanche in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was formerly with the St Louis Blues. Johnson, the number one overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, was drafted by the Blues from the U.S. under-18 national team and played one season at the University of Minnesota before transferring to the NHL.

Playing careerEdit


Johnson played hockey for the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota, before transferring to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to play for the National Team Development Program (NTDP). Johnson is one of the few Americans to have been chosen first in the NHL Entry Draft. The previous American to be chosen first overall was goaltender Rick DiPietro in the 2000 by the New York Islanders. Mike Modano and Brian Lawton were also top American draft picks in the 1988 and the 1983 drafts respectively, having both been selected first overall by the Minnesota North Stars. American Patrick Kane followed Johnson in 2007 going first overall.

He played for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers during the 2006–07 season. Johnson was signed by the St. Louis Blues to a three-year entry level contract on April 20, 2007.[1]


Johnson scored his first NHL goal against the Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier on October 6, 2007. It was also the game winning goal.[2] He finished his rookie season averaging over 18 minutes of ice-time per game to go with 5 goals and 28 assists in 69 games.

Johnson suffered a major setback in the off-season, tearing his ACL and MCL, when his right foot was caught between the accelerator and brake pedal of his golf cart during a team golf outing on September 16, 2008.[3] He underwent knee surgery to repair the damaged ligament on November 20 and missed the entirety of the 2008–09 season.[4]

On August 2, 2010, as a restricted free agent Johnson re-signed with the Blues with a two year, $5.2 million contract.[5] In the following 2010–11 season, on February 19, 2011, he was traded by the Blues to the Colorado Avalanche along with Jay McClement and a conditional first round pick in exchange for Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk and a conditional second round pick.[6] Later that day Johnson made his Avalanche debut at the HP Pavilion at San Jose in a 4-0 defeat to the San Jose Sharks.[7] In his second game, Johnson faced his former team and posted his first goal as an Avalanche in a 4-3 victory over the Blues on February 22, 2011.[8]

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States United States of America
Ice hockey
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2007 Leksand
World U18 Championships
Gold 2005 České Budějovice
Gold 2006 Halmstad

As a product of the USNTDP, Johnson first made his international debut for the United States at the 2005 World U17 Hockey Challenge. In the same year he captured the Gold Medal, as a 17 year old at the 2005 World Under–18 Championships. Erik scored 10 points in 6 games the 2006 World Under–18 championships to help the U.S retain the Gold medal and was selected as the Bob Johnson Award winner as the Best American player in International competition.[9]

He was a member of the 2007 U20 American team that won a Bronze Medal in the U20 World Championships. Johnson was named to the tournament's All-Star Team and was named the tournament's Best Defenseman. Johnson finished the tournament with 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points, becoming the first defenseman to lead the tournament in scoring.

Representing Team USA at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Winter Games, Johnson received a silver medal after losing in Overtime to Canada in the final.


Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Academy of Holy Angels MNHS 31 13 21 34
2004–05 U.S. National Development Team USDP 54 11 15 26 27
2005–06 U.S. National Development Team USDP 47 16 33 49 89
2006–07 University of Minnesota WCHA 41 4 20 24 50
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 5 28 33 30
2007–08 Peoria Rivermen AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 10 29 39 79
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 55 5 14 19 37
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 22 3 7 10 19
NHL totals 225 23 78 101 163


Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2005 United States WHC17 5 2 0 2 4
2005 United States WJC18 6 0 0 0 0
2006 United States WJC18 6 4 6 10 27
2006 United States WJC 7 1 3 4 18
2007 United States WJC 7 4 6 10 16
2007 United States WC 7 0 2 2 4
2010 United States OG 6 1 0 1 4
Junior int'l totals 31 11 15 26 65
Senior int'l totals 13 1 2 3 8


External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sidney Crosby
First overall pick in NHL Entry Draft
Succeeded by
Patrick Kane
Preceded by
T. J. Oshie
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Patrik Berglund
Preceded by
Marc Staal
World Junior Best Defenceman
Succeeded by
Drew Doughty
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