Erik Johnson
Erik Johnson
Avalanche - Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
BIRTHDATE: 03/21/1988
AGE: 26
BIRTHPLACE: Bloomington, MN, USA
DRAFTED: STL: 2006-1 overall
2012-13 SEASON
Ranked fourth on the Avalanche in ice time (20:45) and was second in shifts-per-game (28.3)…Appeared in his 300th NHL game on Jan. 22 vs. Los Angeles…Missed 11 games due to a head injury, Feb. 14 - March 6…Placed on IR, Feb. 22 (retroactive to Feb. 11) and activated on March 7…Recorded a career-high eight hits on March 23 at Dallas…Logged a season-high 28:50 of ice time on April 5 vs. Detroit, the most minutes by an Avalanche player in 2012-13…Left in the first period on April 11 at Los Angeles due to a wrist injury, forcing him to sit out six games from April 13-26…Following the season, Johnson helped the United States capture the bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF World Championship in Stockholm and Helsinki.

2011-12: Led all Colorado defensemen in scoring with 26 points (4g/22a) in 73 games…Missed five games due to a groin injury, Nov. 23 to Dec. 2…Placed on IR, Nov. 26 (retroactive to Nov. 21) and activated on Dec. 4…Had an assist in four straight games, Dec. 13-19, equaling the longest assist streak of his NHL career…Did not dress on Jan. 10 vs. Nashville due to a hand injury…Had a career-high three-game goal streak, Feb. 11-17, the first Avalanche defenseman to score a goal in three straight games since John-Michael Liles from Dec. 23-29, 2008…Left in the first period on Feb. 22 vs. Los Angeles due to back spasms but returned the next game…Missed three contests due to a back injury, March 20-24…Recorded his 100th career assist on March 30 at Calgary.

2010-11: Was acquired by Colorado on Feb. 18 and went on to appear in 22 games for the Avalanche, collecting 10 points (3g/7a)…Led the Avalanche in ice time in 20 of his 22 games after joining the team, averaging 24:33 per game…Appeared in 77 combined games with Colorado and St. Louis, notching 29 points (8g/21a)…Made his Avalanche debut on Feb. 19 at San Jose…Tied his personal high with three points (0g/3a) on March 24 vs. Toronto…Logged a career-high 29:22 of ice time on April 1 at Phoenix…Scored his third career overtime goal on Oct. 23 vs. Pittsburgh…Tallied his first career short-handed goal on Dec. 31 vs. Phoenix.

2009-10: Led all Blues defensemen and set career highs with 39 points, 10 goals, 29 assists, 186 shots, six power-play goals and 79 games played…Johnson’s 10 goals and 39 points were the most by a Blues defenseman since Chris Pronger in 2003-04 (14 goals, 54 points)…Scored 17 seconds into overtime on Nov. 19 vs. Phoenix, the quickest OT goal by a Blues player since Al MacInnis scored 15 seconds into overtime on Oct. 28, 2000…Matched a career best with points in five straight games from Nov. 19 to Nov. 27…Appeared in his 100th NHL game on Dec. 15 vs. Calgary…Posted a career-high eight shots on Feb. 6 vs. Chicago…Scored his second OT goal of the year on April 5 vs. Columbus.

2008-09: Missed the entire season after suffering an off-ice knee injury on Sept. 16…Underwent surgery on Nov. 20.

2007-08: Led all Blues defensemen with 33 points (5g/28a) in 69 games during his rookie season…Ranked second among NHL rookie defensemen in both assists and points (tied)…Represented the Western Conference at the 2008 NHL Young Guns Game…Made his NHL debut on Oct. 4 at Phoenix, recording his first career point (assist)…Scored his first career goal, the game-winner, on Oct. 6 at Los Angeles…Missed 10 games due to injury.

2006-07: Was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team as a freshman at the University of Minnesota…Tallied 24 points (4g/20a) in 41 games, tops among all WHCA rookie blueliners.

2005-06: Collected 49 points (16g/33a) and 88 penalty minutes with the U.S. National Under-18 team.

2004-05: Had 26 points (11g/15a) in 57 games for the U.S. National Under-17 team.


Helped Team USA capture the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver…Appeared in all six games at the Olympics, tallying one goal with a +3 plus/minus rating…Helped the United States win the bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF World Championship in Stockholm and Helsinki…Appeared in all 10 games for the Americans, recording two goals and two assists with a team-high 20 penalty minutes…His four points tied for second among USA defensemen…Appeared in seven games for Team USA at the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Russia, collecting a pair of assists…Also represented the United States at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden, where he was named the tournament’s “Best Defenseman”…Led Team USA and tied for the tournament lead with 10 points (4g/6a) in seven games as the Americans captured the bronze medal…Was only the second U.S. player in tournament history to win best defenseman honors…Dressed in seven games for Team USA at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship, notching four points (1g/3a)…Won a gold medal for the second consecutive year for the U.S. at the 2006 IIHF World Under-18 Championships, collecting 10 points (4g/6a)…Also won gold for Team USA at the 2005 World Under-18 Championships…Represented the United States at the 2005 Four Nations Cup (1g/3a).

Was just the fifth U.S.-born player to be selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft (now six)…He and Bryan Berard (1995) are the only U.S.-born defensemen ever drafted first overall…Erik is still the only defenseman over the past 17 drafts (1997-2013) to be taken No. 1 overall…Was the first player in St. Louis Blues history to be drafted first overall…Nickname is “Edge” or “EJ”…Hosted a sled hockey clinic in conjunction with the National Sports Center for the Disabled in February of 2012 at Pepsi Center…Made a visit to Father Woody’s homeless shelter during Thanksgiving week of 2011…As a member of the Blues, Erik would donate a suite for every home game to charity or military personnel as part of his “EJ’s Juniors” program…Erik’s great uncle, Ken Yackel Sr., was an All-American hockey player at the University of Minnesota and played for the United States Olympic Team at the 1952 Winter Olympics.