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Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Jack Johnson Named Captain of Team USA Squad for 2012 IIHF World Championships

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

USA Hockey announced today that Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has been named captain for Team USA at the 2012 IIHF World Championships, which will take place May 4-20 in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

Johnson, 25, will serve as team captain for the second time in his international career, as he was captain of the 2010 World Championships team. The Indianapolis, Indiana native has represented the United States at the 2010 Olympic Games (silver medal), 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2007 World Championships, 2007 (bronze medal) and 2006 World Junior Championships and the 2005 (gold medal) and 2004 (silver medal) World Under-18 Junior Championships.

Acquired by the Blue Jackets along with a conditional first round pick from Los Angeles in exchange for Jeff Carter on February 23, Johnson combined to register 12 goals and 26 assists for 38 points and 39 penalty minutes in 82 games with the Blue Jackets and Kings. He set career highs in goals, power play goals (five) and game-winning goals (four), led Columbus in game-winning goals, ranked second in power play goals and was tops among club defensemen in goals, assists and points.

Sixteen teams will compete at the 2012 IIHF Men’s World Championships beginning Friday. There will be two groups of eight with one group playing in Helsinki, Finland and the other playing in Stockholm, Sweden. The semifinals and medal games will be played in Helsinki. NBC Sports Network is scheduled to televise all Team USA games at the World Championships, including Friday’s opening game against France at 5:15 a.m. ET.


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