Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson
Position Defense
Shoots Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
225 lb (102 kg)
NHL Team Columbus Blue Jackets
Born January 13 1987 (1987-01-13) (age 30),
Indianapolis, IN, USA
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 2005
Carolina Hurricanes
Pro Career 2007 – present

John Joseph Louis "Jack" Johnson III (born January 13, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for the Los Angeles Kings.

Playing careerEdit

Jack Johnson attended Shattuck-Saint Mary's Boarding School in Minnesota. As a sophomore during the 2002–2003 hockey season, he helped the team win the U.S. National Championship.

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.

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

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. 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 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.[3]

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.[4][5]

International careerEdit

Medal record
Johnson warming up before the preliminary round game against Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for the Flag of the United States USA
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver Tournament

Jack 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[6]

Awards and achievementsEdit


Career statisticsEdit

    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
NHL totals 282 22 78 100 232 12 1 11 12 6

International statisticsEdit

Year Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2004 U18 6 2 0 2 18
2005 U18 6 0 2 2 35
2006 WJC 7 1 5 6 45
2007 WJC 7 3 0 3 14
2007 WC 7 1 0 1 0
2009 WC 9 5 2 7 10
2010 OLY 6 0 1 1 2
2010 WC 6 0 3 3 4
Int'l totals 54 12 13 25 128


  1. DeCock, Luke. "Canes Grow from Within", The Hockey News, May 2009. Retrieved on May 9, 2009. 
  2. Colvin, Amber. "Star Defenseman Hits Road To NHL", The Michigan Daily, March 26, 2007. Retrieved on October 8, 2008. 
  3. Elliott, Helene. "Update on Kings' Jack Johnson injury", Los Angeles Times, October 13, 2008. Retrieved on November 25, 2010. 
  4. Hammond, Rich (January 8, 2011). Details on Johnson’s Contract. Los Angeles Kings. Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  5. Jack Johnson, Defenseman, Los Angeles Kings.
  6. Jack Johnson will march in opening ceremony for U.S. CTV (February 8, 2010). Retrieved on August 29, 2009.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Andrew Ladd
Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Brandon Sutter

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