Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
Erik Johnson
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
BIRTHDATE: 03/21/1988
AGE: 27
BIRTHPLACE: Bloomington, MN, USA
DRAFTED: STL: 2006-1 overall
2014-15 SEASON
Missed the final 34 games of the season due to a knee injury…Was selected to his first NHL All-Star Game but did not participate in the contest because of the injury…Johnson was the first Avalanche defenseman to be selected to the All-Star Game since Rob Blake in 2003-04…Set a career high with 12 goals, tied for first among Colorado defensemen…Johnson’s 12 goals were tied for first among all NHL blueliners at the time of his injury…Led the Avalanche in average ice time at 24:25 per game, the first Colorado player to average over 24 minutes a night since Blake (24:22) in 2005-06…Finished second among team defensemen in scoring with 23 points (12g/11a)…Logged a career-high 30:25 of ice time on Nov. 15 at New Jersey, the most minutes by an Avalanche player in a non-overtime game since March 9, 2008 (Scott Hannan, 32:14, at Dallas)…EJ was the first Avs player to log over 30 minutes in a game since Kyle Quincey (30:18) on Jan. 11, 2010 at Calgary (shootout win)…Did not dress on Nov. 26 vs. Chicago due to injury (neck)…Led the team with six goals in December, the most by an Avs defenseman in a single month since Blake had seven in March of 2003…Recorded a career-high four-game goal streak from Dec. 20-27, the first Avs defenseman to score in four consecutive games since Sandis Ozolinsh from Nov 13-20, 1996…Tallied his first career two-goal game on Dec. 13 vs. St. Louis.

2013-14: Led all Colorado defensemen with 39 points, tying his career high set in 2009-10 with St. Louis…Also led all Avs defensemen with a career-high 30 assists…Finished third among team blueliners in goals (9)…Led the club in ice time at 23:00 per game…Also paced the club in even-strength ice time at 19:21 per game…Was second on the team in blocked shots (130)…Appeared in a career-high 80 games…Left with a back injury on Jan. 14 at Chicago but did not miss any games…Matched his career high with eight shots on Feb. 6 at Philadelphia, the most by an Avalanche defenseman since Rob Blake fired nine shots on March 12, 2004 at Phoenix…Was suspended two games by the NHL for a slashing penalty on Feb. 8 at NY Islanders…Served the two-game suspension from Feb. 26-28…Tied his career high with three assists on Feb. 1 vs. Buffalo and March 4 at Chicago…Received a match penalty on March 14 vs. Anaheim…Appeared in his 400th career game on March 27 vs. Vancouver, becoming the first defenseman from the 2006 draft class to reach 400 contests (13th player overall).

2013-14 PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all seven postseason games and led Colorado in ice time with an average of 26:01 per contest…Logged a team-high 30:22 of ice time and had an assist in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut on April 17 vs. Minnesota…Scored his first career playoff goal in Game 7 vs. Minnesota on April 30.

Ranked fourth on the Avalanche in ice time (20:45)…Appeared in his 300th NHL contest on Jan. 22 vs. Los Angeles…Missed 11 games due to a head injury, Feb. 14 to 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…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.

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…Left in the first period on Feb. 22 vs. Los Angeles due to back spasms but returned the next game…Missed three contests because of 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…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 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.

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 was the only defenseman in a span of 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.