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.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie