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Erik Johnson  #6

Colorado Avalanche  Defenseman
NUMBER: 6 BIRTHDATE: March 21, 1988  (AGE 26)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Bloomington, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 232 DRAFTED: STL / 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (1st overall)
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.

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1