ST. LOUIS – USA Hockey announced that Blues defenseman Erik Johnson will join David Backes
and Lee Stempniak on the 2007 United States Men’s National Team for the IIHF Men’s World Championships to be held from April 27-May 13 in Moscow, Russia.
Johnson, 19, was the first overall selection by the Blues in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia. A native of Bloomington, MN., Johnson spent this past season with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, leading them to the WCHA Regular Season and WCHA Final Five Championships. He recorded 24 points (four goals, 20 assists) in 41 games played, while being named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team.
He led all WCHA rookie blue-liners in scoring while ranking third on Minnesota in scoring among defensemen.He represented the United States at the 2007 World Junior Championships, recording 10 points (four goals, six assists) in seven games while being named the best defenseman of the tournament, becoming only the second U.S. player in tournament history to receive the honor.
Blues Head Coach Andy Murray will be behind the bench for Team Canada and defensemen Eric Brewer, Barret Jackman
along with forwards Jamal Mayers and Jay McClement will represent Canada at the tournament. Forward Petr Cajanek will play for the Czech Republic.