Erik Johnson

Erik Robert Johnson ( born March 21, 1988 in Bloomington, Minnesota ) is an American professional ice hockey player. Since February 2011, he plays for the Colorado Avalanche in the National Hockey League on the position of the defender.

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At 15, Johnson played in 2003 in his native Minnesota at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield and contributed with his 13 goals and 34 points to winning the Conference Championships. He also attended the USA Hockey Select 15 Camp this season.

From the season 2004/ 05 he took part in the U.S. National Team Development Program and played in the Junior League North American Hockey League, where he came up with six goals and six assists in 31 games. In April 2005, he participated with the national junior team at the U18 World Cup and won the gold medal.

2005/ 06 Johnson initially played back in the NAHL and came in eleven league games to 15 points scorer, ran during the season but mainly in the U18 class of the U.S. National Development Program, where he also carried his offensive game way and 34 points in 36 was able to convince games. In April 2006, Johnson again took part in the U18 World Youth Championship and had the second best scorer among the defenders large share of the new title.

In June, he was selected as the first talent in the NHL Entry Draft in 2006 by the St. Louis Blues. But he decided not just after the draft in the NHL to change, but only at the University of Minnesota to study. For the ice hockey team he played during the 2006/07 season and was able to convince even there. In January 2007, he played in the U20 World Cup and won the bronze medal with the U.S. team. In addition, he was elected team All-Star and named best defender of the tournament.

In April 2007, Johnson finally signed a contract with St. Louis Blues and played a month later, even at the World Cup for the senior team. His NHL debut came in the fall at the beginning of the season 2007/08. In just his second game, on October 6, 2007 he could achieve his first goal with the winning goal in the game against the Los Angeles Kings. In the course of the season he was sidelined due to a Fußbruches for some games, but was able to achieve in 69 games five goals and 28 prepare, which he took second place among the rookie defenders anyway.

Before the season 2008 /09 he took part in a golf tournament with the Blues. He retired to several ligaments when he got stuck with his right foot between the accelerator and brake pedal of the golf cart. In November 2008, his knee was operated on and Johnson missed the entire season. In the 2009/10 season he scored 10 goals in 79 games and had 29 assists. With 39 points scorer, he was the defender of the Blues, who scored the most points.

On 19 February 2011, the defenders in a barter transaction of the blues along with Jay McClement and a first-round draft pick for the NHL Entry Draft in 2011 was transferred to the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis received in return defender Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Stewart and the attacker a second-round draft pick for the NHL Entry Draft in 2011. graduated from Johnson for the franchise from Denver in the 2010/11 season with 22 games, while the right-handed shooter scored ten points scorer. He also ran into some games on as an assistant captain of the Avalanche.

At the World Championships in 2013 in Stockholm and Helsinki Johnson was again part of the U.S. national team and won the bronze medal with this.

Awards and achievements

  • 2008 NHL Young Stars Game


  • 2005 Gold medal at the U18 World Youth Championship
  • 2006 Gold medal at the U18 World Youth Championship
  • 2006 All- Star team the U18 World Youth Championship
  • 2007 bronze medal at the U20 World Junior Championships
  • 2007 Best defender of the U20 World Junior Championships
  • 2007 All -Star team the U20 World Youth Championship
  • 2010 Silver medal at the Olympic Winter Games
  • 2013 bronze medal at the World Championships

Career Stats


( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )