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.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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