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Born June 14, 1976 (1976-06-14) (age 33),
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Vancouver Canucks
St. Louis Blues
Florida Panthers
Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft 36th overall, 1994
Florida Panthers
Career 1996present

Ryan Johnson (born June 14, 1976) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently plays for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

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Panthers/Lightning

Johnson was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the second round, 36th overall, of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He subsequently played two seasons of college hockey with the University of North Dakota. He scored 19 points in 21 games, splitting the 1995–96 season with the Canadian National Team.

In his first three seasons with the Panthers, Johnson played with Florida's AHL affiliates, the Carolina Monarchs and the Beast of New Haven. In 1999–00, he earned a full-time roster spot with the Panthers, but was traded during that season to the Tampa Bay Lightning with Dwayne Hay in exchange for Mike Sillinger on March 14, 2000.[1]

Johnson spent one full season with the Lightning, scoring 21 points in 2000–01. On July 10, 2001, he was traded back to the Panthers with a 6th round draft choice (later traded back to Tampa Bay) in 2003 in exchange for Vaclav Prospal.[1] However, he missed the majority of his first season back in Florida from a head injury suffered on December 22, 2001, against the St. Louis Blues.[1]

St. Louis Blues

Near the trade deadline of the next season, he was placed on waivers and picked up by the St. Louis Blues on February 19, 2003.[1] Johnson spent four full seasons with the Blues, playing with the Missouri River Otters of the UHL during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. After posting 18 points and leading all forwards in the league in shot blocks with 105 in 2007–08,[2] Johnson became an unrestricted free agent in the off-season; he signed a two-year, $2.3 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks.[2]

Vancouver Canucks

Johnson taking a faceoff against the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009.

Playing his first season in Vancouver, Johnson broke a finger on his right hand while blocking a shot in November against the Minnesota Wild. He played with the injury for two games before being pulled from the lineup. It was then revealed that Johnson had also suffered a broken bone in his left foot in the third game of the season, which he had played through for six weeks.[3] After missing 20 games, Johnson returned to the lineup on January 9, 2009, despite still feeling considerable pain in his fractured finger.[4] After completing his first season in Vancouver with 2 goals and 9 points in 62 games, it was revealed that off-season surgery was required for the injured finger.[5]

Nearly a month into the 2009–10 season, Johnson was involved in a head-first collision into the end boards in a game against the Detroit Red Wings on October 27, 2009. After chipping the puck into the offensive zone, Johnson lost his balance trying to skate around Detroit defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom and slid heavily into the boards with his shoulder and neck. He was taken off the ice in a stretcher after laying motionless on the ice for several moments.[6]

Personal life

Johnson was born to Jim and Judy Johnson in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on June 14, 1976.[7] He has a sister, Sarah,[7] and an older brother, Greg Johnson, a retired hockey player who played with the Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, and Nashville Predators. After his father lost a battle with cancer on June 7, 2008, at age 63, Johnson completed a 42.2-kilometre marathon the following year on June 20, 2009, in Duluth, Minnesota, as a tribute.[7] He finished the run in just under four hours at three hours, 59 minutes and 52 seconds.[7]

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Thunder Bay Flyers USHL 48 14 36 50 28
1994–95 University of North Dakota WCHA 38 6 22 28 39
1995–96 University of North Dakota WCHA 21 2 17 19 14
1996–97 Carolina Monarchs AHL 78 18 24 42 28
1997–98 Beast of New Haven AHL 64 19 48 67 12 3 0 1 1 0
1997–98 Florida Panthers NHL 10 0 2 2 0
1998–99 Beast of New Haven AHL 37 8 19 27 18
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 1 1 0 1 0
1999–00 Florida Panthers NHL 66 4 12 16 14
1999–00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14 0 2 2 2
2000–01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 80 7 14 21 44
2001–02 Florida Panthers NHL 29 1 3 4 10
2002–03 Florida Panthers NHL 58 2 5 7 26
2002–03 St. Louis Blues NHL 17 0 0 0 12 6 0 2 2 6
2003–04 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 4 7 11 8 3 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Missouri River Otters UHL 29 7 14 21 12 6 1 0 1 13
2005–06 St. Louis Blues NHL 65 3 6 9 33
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 59 7 4 11 47
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 5 13 18 22
2008–09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 62 2 7 9 12 10 1 1 2 2
NHL totals 609 36 75 111 230 19 1 3 4 8

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