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Jack Johnson

Born:January 13, 1987Draft:2005 Hurricanes, Third Overall
Hometown:Indianapolis, IN, USAPosition:Defense
Known For:Shoots:Left
National Team:USACurrent Team:Colorado Avalanche

John Joseph Louis Johnson III (born January 13, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing with 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.

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 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. In 2018, he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins in free agency. But after two disappointing campaigns, 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.

Jack Johnson Blue Jackets
Jack Johnson, seen here with the Columbus Blue Jackets (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

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Achievements

  • 2003-04 U18 WJC Silver Medal
  • 2004-05 U18 WJC Gold Medal
  • 2005-06 NCAA (CCHA) All-Rookie Team
  • 2005-06 U20 WJC All-Star Team
  • 2006-07 NCAA (CCHA) Best Offensive Defenseman
  • 2006-07 NCAA (CCHA) First All-Star Team
  • 2006-07 NCAA (West) First All-American Team
  • 2006-07 U20 WJC Bronze Medal
  • 2009-10 Olympic Silver Medal

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