LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jack Johnson will represent the United States at the 2007 World Championship tournament, the Kings announced Monday in conjunction with USA Hockey. Johnson will join Kings forward Michael Cammalleri and Kings Associate Coach Mike Johnston (both named to Team Canada earlier this month with Johnston serving as an Assistant Coach) in Moscow, Russia, where the tournament takes place from April 27-May 13.
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Johnson, 20, most recently played for Team USA at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament in Sweden and earned a bronze medal. At the tournament, Johnson played in seven games and had three points (all goals), which tied for the team lead. He was also one of three Kings prospects -- Trevor Lewis
(center) and Jeff Zatkoff
(goaltender) were the others – who played for the United States as the Kings had the most players named to the squad of any other NHL club.
A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Johnson played in five games with the Kings this season and had 18 penalty minutes. He made his Kings/NHL debut on March 29 after signing a multi-year entry level contract on March 27. The 6-1, 215-pound Johnson also recently completed his sophomore season at the University of Michigan where he helped lead the Wolverines to the NCAA West Hockey Regional semifinals while recording 39 points (16-23=39) and 87 penalty minutes in 36 games.
Johnson’s participation in the 2007 World Juniors was not the first international experience of his young career. He was an All-Star selection at the 2006 World Junior Championship where his six points (1-5=6) in seven games helped the U.S. to a fourth place finish. In addition, Johnson has earned gold medals with Team USA at the 2005 World Under-18 Championship, the 2005 Five Nations Tournament (U.S. Under-18 Team) and the 2004 Compuware Four Nations Cup (U.S. Under-18 Team).
Johnson was the third overall selection (behind Sidney Crosby and Bobby Ryan) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Originally drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes, he was acquired by the Kings along with defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky in exchange for center Eric Belanger and defenseman Tim Gleason on September 29, 2006.
Team USA begins play in the 2007 IIHF World Championship on Friday, April 27, at 4:15 p.m. (local time)/5:15 a.m. (PT) against Austria. The United States will play a pre-tournament game against Sweden on Wednesday, April 25, at the Globe Arena in Stockholm. Opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m. (local time)/10 a.m. (PT).