Johnson was selected as the Best Defenseman at the 2007 World Junior Championships after leading the U.S. with 10 points (4-6-10). He scored the game-winning goal against the host nation, Sweden, in the 2-1 triumph that gave the Americans the bronze medal.
He played 104 games (75 points) for the U.S. National Team Development Program in 2005 and 2006 and will join six other NTDP alumni (Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, Mike Komisarek, Jack Johnson and Ryan Suter) on the 2010 Olympic roster.
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday