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Chad Terry Johnson (born June 10, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the fifth round, 125th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Chad Johnson
Chad Johnson - Buffalo Sabres.jpg
Johnson with the Buffalo Sabres in 2016
Born (1986-06-10) June 10, 1986 (age 33)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
New York Rangers
Phoenix Coyotes
Boston Bruins
New York Islanders
Buffalo Sabres
Calgary Flames
St. Louis Blues
Anaheim Ducks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 125th overall, 2006
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2009–present

Contents

Playing careerEdit

CollegeEdit

Johnson played college ice hockey for the University of Alaska Fairbanks (Nanooks). He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins 125th overall in the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2006 Entry Draft. During his senior year, he was the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year, as well as a Hobey Baker Award finalist.

ProfessionalEdit

New York RangersEdit

After graduating, on June 27, 2009, Johnson was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for a fifth-round pick (151st overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He began his professional career in the 2009–10 season with the Rangers American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. When the Rangers waived Stephen Valiquette to Hartford on December 2, Johnson was recalled to serve as a backup goaltender to Henrik Lundqvist.[1] He made his NHL debut against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 30, 2009 when he replaced Lundqvist after the first period. He allowed a breakaway goal to Simon Gagné on the first shot he faced, after playing for 23 seconds. He finished the game with 17 saves on 20 shots over two periods. He played his first career start against the Atlanta Thrashers and lost 2–1 in overtime.[2]

 
Johnson while playing for the Connecticut Whale

Phoenix CoyotesEdit

After spending three years with the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate club Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale, and playing in six NHL games, Johnson became an unrestricted free agent. He signed with the Phoenix Coyotes for a one-year, two-way contract and assigned to the AHL's Portland Pirates.[3]

At the beginning of the lock-out shortened 2012–13 season, starting goaltender Mike Smith suffered a lower body injury. Johnson was called up to provide backup to Jason LaBarbera. After spending two games as a backup, on January 28, 2013, Johnson was called on to start in goal against the Nashville Predators. In his first NHL start since January 31, 2010, seventh overall, he earned first star accolades by stopping all 21 shots he faced on his way to his first NHL career shutout.[4]

Boston BruinsEdit

On July 5, 2013, Johnson was signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with the Boston Bruins. Johnson was the team's backup goaltender, behind Tuukka Rask, marking his first full-time NHL job.[5]

New York IslandersEdit

On July 1, 2014, Johnson was signed as a free agent to a two-year, $2.6 million contract with the New York Islanders.[6] During his time with the club, Johnson posted an (8–8–1) record.

Buffalo SabresEdit

On March 2, 2015, he was traded along with a draft pick to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Michal Neuvirth.,[7] but he did not play for the Sabres until the 2015–16 season.

On December 17, 2015 Johnson recorded a 44-save shutout, breaking the Sabres franchise record for most saves in a regular season shutout, which had been held by Ryan Miller.

Calgary FlamesEdit

As a free agent from the Sabres, on July 1, 2016, Johnson joined his sixth NHL club in signing a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames.[8] Johnson began the 2016–17 season, initially serving Brian Elliott as the backup, before he was elevated to shared starts through the midpoint of the year. Johnson would later return to his backup status in completing the season with 18 wins in 36 games. Johnson made his first NHL playoff appearance in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks, in relief of Elliot. The Flames would lose the game, 3-1, and get swept out of the playoffs.

On June 17, 2017, Johnson was as an impending free agent was traded back to former club, the Arizona Coyotes, in the Flames acquisition of Mike Smith. Included in the trade largely for 2017 NHL Expansion Draft considerations, he was dealt alongside prospect Brandon Hickey and a conditional 3rd round pick.[9]

Return to BuffaloEdit

Johnson went to market as a free agent from the Coyotes, and promptly signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract for a second stint with the Buffalo Sabres on July 1, 2017.[10] In the 2017–18 season, Johnson was unable to replicate his previous season with club, in winning just 10 of 36 games, he was unable to steer the Sabres from a last place finish in the league.

St. Louis Blues and Anaheim DucksEdit

On July 1, 2018, Johnson opted to move on from the Sabres and agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the St. Louis Blues.[11] In the 2018–19 season, Johnson as the club's backup to Jake Allen, appeared in 10 games as the Blues struggled to start the campaign. After collecting just two wins, Johnson was placed on waivers by the Blues and was claimed by the Anaheim Ducks on December 11, 2018.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 Brooks Bandits AJHL 31 6 20 3 1782 117 0 3.94
2004–05 Brooks Bandits AJHL 42 25 16 2 2,505 109 2 2.61 .923 9 4 5 493
2005–06 University of Alaska-Fairbanks CCHA 18 6 7 4 985 42 0 2.56 .917
2006–07 University of Alaska-Fairbanks CCHA 19 5 6 2 1002 52 1 3.11 .883
2007–08 University of Alaska-Fairbanks CCHA 7 0 6 0 357 20 0 3.36 .893
2008–09 University of Alaska-Fairbanks CCHA 35 14 16 5 2062 57 6 1.66 .940
2009–10 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 44 24 18 2 2649 112 3 2.54 .911
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 5 1 2 1 281 11 0 2.35 .919
2010–11 Hartford Wolf Pack/CT Whale AHL 40 16 19 3 2271 103 2 2.72 .901
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 20 2 0 6.00 .818
2011–12 Connecticut Whale AHL 49 22 18 6 2775 115 1 2.49 .919
2012–13 Portland Pirates AHL 34 16 15 1 1937 97 2 3.00 .903 3 0 3 204 12 0 3.53 .898
2012–13 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 4 2 0 2 247 5 1 1.21 .954
2013–14 Boston Bruins NHL 27 17 4 3 1511 53 2 2.10 .925
2014–15 New York Islanders NHL 19 8 8 1 1053 54 0 3.08 .889
2015–16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 45 22 16 4 2592 102 1 2.36 .920
2016–17 Calgary Flames NHL 36 18 15 1 2013 87 3 2.59 .910 1 0 1 52 1 0 1.16 .952
2017–18 Buffalo Sabres NHL 36 10 17 3 1774 105 0 3.55 .891
2018–19 St. Louis Blues NHL 10 2 6 0 491 29 1 3.54 .884
2018–19 Anaheim Ducks NHL 9 0 5 0 320 20 0 3.75 .872
NHL totals 192 80 72 15 10,299 468 8 2.73 .907 1 0 1 52 1 0 1.16 .952
Medal record
Representing   Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2017 Germany/France

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2010 Canada WC 7th 3 0 0 0 73 1 0 0.82 .964
2017 Canada WC   3 3 0 0 180 4 1 1.33 .917
Senior totals 6 3 0 0 253 5 1 1.18 .932

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
College
All-CCHA First Team 2008–09
CCHA Player of the Year 2008–09
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2008–09
Hobey Baker Award finalist 2008–09

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gross, Andrew (December 2, 2009). "Valiquette waived; Brashear hurt". The Record. Archived from the original on December 5, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  2. ^ Brooks, Larry (December 31, 2009). "Rangers' rookie goalie makes NHL debut". New York Post. Retrieved December 31, 2009.
  3. ^ Roy, Chris (July 3, 2013). "Competition will be fierce in goal for the Pirates". Maine Hockey Journal. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  4. ^ McLellan, Sarah (January 28, 2013). "Chad Johnson earns shutout as Phoenix Coyotes top Nashville Predators". Gannett. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  5. ^ "The B's signing of Iginla highlights transactions". Boston Bruins. July 5, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "Islanders sign Johnson, Conacher and Brennan". National Hockey League. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  7. ^ Vogl, John (March 2, 2015). "Sabres send Neuvirth to Islanders for backup goalie, 2016 third-round pick". The Buffalo News. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "Flames sign goaltender Chad Johnson". Calgary Flames. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  9. ^ Vickers, Aaron (June 17, 2017). "Mike Smith traded to Flames by Coyotes". NHL.com. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  10. ^ "Sabres sign Goaltender Johnson to one-year contract". Buffalo Sabres. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  11. ^ "Blues sign Goalie Chad Johnson to one-year deal". St. Louis Blues. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "Ducks claim Johnson off waivers from St. Louis". Anaheim Ducks. December 11, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jeff Zatkoff
CCHA Best Goaltender
2008–09
Succeeded by
Cody Reichard
Preceded by
Kevin Porter
CCHA Player of the Year
2008–09
Succeeded by
Cody Reichard
Preceded by
Kevin Porter
Perani Cup winner
2008–09
Succeeded by
Drew Palmisano