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Jack Johnson
Born January 13, 1987 (1987-01-13) (age 35)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 238 lb (108 kg; 17 st 0 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Los Angeles Kings
National team  United States
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 2005
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2007–present

Jack Johnson (born John Joseph Louis Johnson III on January 13, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He has previously played in the NHL for the Los Angeles Kings and is known as a capable two-way defenseman, combining physical prowess and offensive capabilities in his style of play.

Playing Career[]


Jack grew up playing for Little Caesar's in junior hockey. He transferred to Shattuck-Saint Mary's Boarding School in Faribault, Minnesota before his eighth grade year.

As a sophomore during the 2002–03 hockey season, he scored 15 goals and 27 assists as he helped the school's Midget Major AAA team win the U.S. National Championship along with current NHL player Sidney Crosby.

Jack was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, third overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft from the Team USA under-18 national team, but he did not immediately jump to the NHL, instead playing for the University of Michigan in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).

In his freshman season, he set school records for points (32) and penalty minutes (149) by a freshman defenseman.

However, after his freshman season and with the Hurricanes needing a defenseman and Jack having committed to another collegiate season (the Hurricanes had tried to sign him after his freshman season ended), the Hurricanes' General Manager Jim Rutherford traded Jack's rights on September 29, 2006 (along with Oleg Tverdovsky) to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Tim Gleason and Eric Belanger.

After his rights were traded, Jack played one more season for the Wolverines, setting the school record for the most goals (16) by a sophomore defenseman in a single season and was named the CCHA Offensive Defenseman of the Year.

During his tenure at Michigan, he became a fan favorite for his physicality and end-to-end play.


After Michigan lost in the West Regional Semi-finals of the 2007 NCAA Tournament (instead of returning to Michigan and finishing the semester, Jack jumped to the NHL and signed his entry-level contract with the Kings in March 2007, making his NHL debut on March 29 against the Vancouver Canucks.

He would play five games on the season, recording 18 penalty minutes and no points. He recorded his first NHL point on October 10, 2007, assisting a Kyle Calder goal in a loss to the Dallas Stars. His first goal came on October 19, 2007 against goaltender Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. Johnson scored three goals and eight assists that season.

Early in the 2008–09 season, Jack suffered from a shoulder injury and missed 41 games after needing surgery. During the 2009–10 season, he would greatly improve his game, scoring eight goals and 28 assists, second only to Drew Doughty in defensive scoring for the Kings. His play earned him a selection to the Team USA at the 2010 Olympics, along with Kings' captain Dustin Brown; the two eventually won the silver medal.

On January 8, 2011, Jack signed a seven-year extension with the Kings. At the time of the deal, he led all Kings' defensemen in points scored with four goals and 24 assists. The contract carried an annual $4.3 million salary cap hit.

Jack would end the 2010–11 season with a career-high 42 points, ranking sixth among all Kings skaters. However, his 2011–12 season with the Kings would be a tough one as he failed to score at the pace he set in the previous season, recording only 24 points in 61 games by February 12, 2012.

On February 23, 2012, Jack was traded by the Kings to the Columbus Blue Jackets (along with a conditional first-round draft pick (Marko Dano) in exchange for Jeff Carter.

Upon arriving in Columbus, Johnson took the jersey #7 (which had previously been worn by Carter). During a March 8th game against his former team, the Kings, the Blue Jackets offered their fans a one night offer to have their Carter jersey nameplates changed to "J. Johnson" nameplates for free.

Playing in 21 games for the Jackets after his trade, Jack recorded four goals and ten assists. He declared that he had no hard feelings in leaving Los Angeles, given that "people [in Columbus] accepting me with such open arms" and "I was looking forward to my new opportunity and getting the chance to play and be myself in Columbus."

Jack added that he did not follow the Kings' subsequent run to win the Stanley Cup, as he was in Finland playing for Team USA at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

With the 2012–13 NHL lockout halting play to start the year, Jack spent the lockout training so he would be in the top shape once the game returned. In the shortened 2012–13 season, he was one of the Blue Jackets' alternate captains and was considered the de facto leader of the team as Columbus nearly qualified for the 2013 playoffs.

Jack scored one of his team's goals in the season closer against the Nashville Predators, and broke the Blue Jackets record for most ice time in regulation, nearing 35 minutes in a game against the Detroit Red Wings, which was also the individual record for the season.

After his impressive showing of both on-ice skill and leadership, Jack was considered a front-runner to become Columbus' first full-fledged captain since Rick Nash, but the Blue Jackets ultimately named Nick Foligno as the team's next captain.

Jack struggled during the first half of the 2013–14 season with only 11 points in 43 games by January, a factor in the decision to not include him on Team USA for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi despite being considered by many to be a lock for the team.

His play would improve in the new year and he went on to score 22 points in the 39 remaining games to finish the year with five goals and 33 points and help the Blue Jackets clinch their first playoff berth since 2009.

The Blue Jackets would face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs, but fell in six games.

Jack led all Blue Jackets players in playoff scoring, with three goals and seven points in the six-game series, including two assists in a narrow 4–3 loss on home ice that knocked the Blue Jackets out of the playoffs.

Career Statistics[]

Regular season and playoffs[]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 University of Michigan CCHA 38 10 22 32 149
2006–07 University of Michigan CCHA 36 16 23 39 83
2006–07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 5 0 0 0 18
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 74 3 8 11 76
2008–09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 41 6 5 11 46
2009–10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 8 28 36 48 6 0 7 7 6
2010–11 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 5 37 42 44 6 1 4 5 0
2011–12 Los Angeles Kings NHL 61 8 16 24 24
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 21 4 10 14 15
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 44 5 14 19 12
2013–14 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 5 28 33 48 6 3 4 7 4
2014–15 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 79 8 32 40 44
2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 60 6 8 14 25
NHL totals 629 58 186 244 400 18 4 15 19 10

International statistics[]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States U17 5 3 1 4 16
2004 United States U18 6 2 0 2 18
2005 United States U18 6 0 2 2 35
2006 United States WJC 7 1 5 6 45
2007 United States WJC 7 3 0 3 14
2007 United States WC 7 1 0 1 0
2009 United States WC 9 5 2 7 10
2010 United States OLY 6 0 1 1 2
2010 United States WC 6 0 3 3 4
2011 United States WC 7 1 2 3 8
2012 United States WC 8 3 1 4 16
2016 United States WCH 2 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 31 9 8 17 128
Senior totals 45 10 9 19 40


Award Year
All-CCHA Rookie Team 2005–06
All-CCHA First Team 2006–07
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2006–07
CCHA All-Tournament Team 2007

Personal Life[]

Jack's family moved to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan from Indianapolis shortly after his birth.

He is married to Kelly Quinn (the sister of former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn)

Legal Issues[]

On November 20, 2014, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Jack had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, claiming just $50,000 in assets against $10 to $15 million in estimated debts. Shortly after signing his first major contract (a seven-year, $30.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Kings), he granted his mother, Tina Johnson, power of attorney over all his finances.

Over the next few years, Tina and Jack's father, Jack Sr., took out several large, high-interest loans against Jack's future earnings (a lending practice known as "monetizing") and spent the money on homes, cars and travel.

Lenders (among whom was Iowa Congressman-elect Rod Blum) eventually brought three lawsuits against Jack Johnson for defaulting on over $6 million in debt.

In court documents, Jack claimed to have no knowledge of his parents' spending, but will not pursue criminal charges against them. He has sued Miller, the National Mortgage Resources and an investment firm, CYA Investments for at least $1.5 million, including for punitive damages.