COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson is one of 48 players to have been invited by USA Hockey to attend the U.S. Men's National Team Orientation Camp from August 26-27 at Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Virginia. The camp is designed to assist in preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, set for February 7-23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
Johnson, 26, was acquired by Columbus from the L.A. Kings along with a first-round draft pick in exchange for forward Jeff Carter on February 23, 2012. In 65 games played with the Blue Jackets, Johnson has scored nine goals and dished out 24 assists for 35 points. Last season, he finished fifth in the NHL in TOI/game, averaging 25:58 worth of ice time per appearance.
Originally selected by Carolina in the first round, third overall, of the 2005 NHL Draft, Johnson has appeared in 408 career games with the Kings and Blue Jackets, recording 39-118-157 in addition to 283 penalty minutes. Prior to turning pro the 6-1, 231-pound defenseman spent two seasons at the University of Michigan where he tallied 26-45-71 and a +37 plus/minus rating in 74 career NCAA games from 2005-07.
A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Johnson has represented the United States at several international events, including the Olympic Winter Games in 2010 (silver medal) as well at the IIHF World Championships in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He also won bronze with Team USA at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championships and captured gold at the 2005 IIHF World U18 Championships.
More information on the U.S. Men's National Team Orientation Camp can be obtained by visiting USAHockey.com.
Columbus’ 2013-14 regular season schedule was announced last week, with the Blue Jackets set to begin their first season in the Metropolitan Division on October 4 at Nationwide Arena. Game time is 7 p.m. vs. Calgary. More information on Columbus’ move to the Eastern Conference can be obtained by visiting Blue Jackets Schedule Central.
Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2013-14 campaign are currently available for purchase. Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.