Duo of Former Wolverines to Skate for U.S. in Olympics

Jan. 1, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. -- Mike Komisarek of the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs and Jack Johnson of the Los Angeles Kings, former defensemen for the University of Michigan ice hockey team, were named to the 2010 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team on Friday (Jan. 1) by USA Hockey. The XXI Olympic Winter Games are slated to run from Feb. 16-28 in Vancouver, B.C. Komisarek and Johnson will be the sixth and seventh Wolverine alumni to suit up for Team USA at the Olympics.

Johnson is in his fourth NHL season, all spent with the Los Angeles Kings. Komisarek is in his seventh NHL season. His first six years were with the Montreal Canadiens before he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs this past summer.

Jack Johnson

Komisarek spent two seasons with the Maize and Blue during the 2000-01 and 2001-02 campaigns. In 2002, he was tabbed the CCHA's Best Defensive Defenseman and earned first team West All-America. Komisarek is a 2000 graduate of the U.S. National Team Development Program; he played with the U.S. squad at the 2000 International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-18 Championship. Komisarek also took part in the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2001 and 2002. His most recent appearance in a U.S. sweater was at the 2006 IIHF World Championship.

Johnson played two years for the Wolverines -- 2005-06 and 2006-07. In 2007, he was the CCHA's Best Offensive Defenseman and received first team West All-America recognition. Johnson is a 2005 graduate of the U.S. NTDP; he won a silver medal at the 2004 IIHF World Under-18 Championship and a gold medal at the 2005 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. He also helped Team USA earn a bronze medal at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship and participated in the 2006 WJC. Johnson laced up for the Stars and Stripes for the IIHF World Championship in 2007 and 2009.

U-M's previous U.S. Olympic Team participants include: Mike Knuble (2006), David Roberts (1994), Jeff Norton (1988), John Matchefts (1956, silver medal) and Willard Ikola (1956, silver medal).

USA Hockey Press Release (1/1/10)

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