Chad Johnson (ice hockey)
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.
Johnson with the Buffalo Sabres in 2016
June 10, 1986|
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)|
New York Rangers
New York Islanders
St. Louis Blues
125th overall, 2006|
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
New York IslandersEdit
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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|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||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||New York Islanders||NHL||19||8||8||1||1053||54||0||3.08||.889||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||St. Louis Blues||NHL||10||2||6||0||491||29||1||3.54||.884||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
|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|
- Gross, Andrew (December 2, 2009). "Valiquette waived; Brashear hurt". The Record. Archived from the original on December 5, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
- Brooks, Larry (December 31, 2009). "Rangers' rookie goalie makes NHL debut". New York Post. Retrieved December 31, 2009.
- 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.
- McLellan, Sarah (January 28, 2013). "Chad Johnson earns shutout as Phoenix Coyotes top Nashville Predators". Gannett. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
- "The B's signing of Iginla highlights transactions". Boston Bruins. July 5, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
- "Islanders sign Johnson, Conacher and Brennan". National Hockey League. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
- Vogl, John (March 2, 2015). "Sabres send Neuvirth to Islanders for backup goalie, 2016 third-round pick". The Buffalo News. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
- "Flames sign goaltender Chad Johnson". Calgary Flames. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
- Vickers, Aaron (June 17, 2017). "Mike Smith traded to Flames by Coyotes". NHL.com. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
- "Sabres sign Goaltender Johnson to one-year contract". Buffalo Sabres. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
- "Blues sign Goalie Chad Johnson to one-year deal". St. Louis Blues. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
- "Ducks claim Johnson off waivers from St. Louis". Anaheim Ducks. December 11, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| CCHA Best Goaltender
| CCHA Player of the Year
| Perani Cup winner