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Ben Johnson
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Born June 7, 1994 (1994-06-07) (age 24)
Calumet, Michigan
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
Played for Albany Devils
NHL Draft 90th overall, 2012
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2014–2016

Ben Johnson (born Benjamin Johnson on June 7, 1994) is an American former professional ice hockey player who is currently incarcerated, serving a three-year term in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

He was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 3rd round (90th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Ben played professionally with the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Adirondack Thunder and the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.

Playing CareerEdit

AmateurEdit

Ben attended Calumet High School in Calumet, Michigan where he played on the high school hockey team.

He was recognized for his outstanding play during the 2010-11 season when he was named Michigan's Mr. Hockey as the Top High School Player in Michigan, becoming only the second junior to win the award (Justin Abdelkader won the award as a junior in 2004).

In the 2011–12 season, Ben joined the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League. Playing three seasons of major junior hockey with the Spitfires, he scored 66 goals and 62 assists for 128 points, while earning 106 penalty minutes in 191 games played.

ProfessionalEdit

On April 3, 2014, Ben signed an amateur tryout contract with the Albany Devils and played five games with the AHL team near the end of the 2013–14 season.

On May 20, 2014, the New Jersey Devils signed him to a three-year entry-level contract.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Calumet High USHS 30 37 40 77 12
2010–11 Fargo Force USHL 5 0 0 0 2
2010–11 U.S. National Development Team USHL 2 1 0 1 0
2011–12 Windsor Spitfires OHL 68 18 20 38 44 4 0 2 2 0
2012–13 Windsor Spitfires OHL 64 20 17 37 32
2013–14 Windsor Spitfires OHL 59 28 25 53 30 4 4 2 6 2
2013–14 Albany Devils AHL 5 0 1 1 0
2014–15 Albany Devils AHL 28 1 1 2 8
2014–15 Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 12 2 6 8 0 4 2 2 4 0
2015–16 Albany Devils AHL 16 5 2 7 6
2015–16 Adirondack Thunder ECHL 13 3 3 6 6 12 2 5 7 20
AHL totals 49 6 4 10 14

AccoladesEdit

  • Michigan Mr. Hockey: Top High School Player in Michigan (2011)

Personal LifeEdit

Sexual AssaultEdit

In March of 2013, Ben was charged with two counts of sexual assault in connection with two separate incidents that allegedly took place in Windsor.

The first occurred against a 16-year-old girl in the washroom of Mynt nightclub during the Spitfires' end of season St. Patrick’s Day party. The girl alleged that Ben forced her to perform oral sex in a bathroom stall before he assaulted her.

During the course of the investigation, a 20-year-old woman came forward and told police that she had also been sexually assaulted by Ben in the washroom of a second bar weeks prior.

On September 1, 2016, Ben was found guilty of the charge related to events at the Mynt nightclub. Also on that same day, the Devils initiated the process to terminate his contract.

On October 25, 2016, Ben was sentenced to a three-year prison term for the sexual assault.