March 1, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan alumnus Jack Johnson (2006-07) earned an Olympic silver medal as a member of Team USA's ice hockey squad on Sunday (Feb. 28). The Americans lost to Team Canada by a 3-2 score in overtime at Canada Hockey Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Johnson is the first former Wolverine to receive an Olympic medal since 1994, when David Harlock earned silver with Team Canada. Counting Johnson, six U-M alumni have won medals -- three with the U.S. and three with Canada. Willard Ikola and John Matchefts got silver medals in 1956 with Team USA. For Canada, Bob White earned bronze in 1956 and Todd Brost earned silver in 1992.
Johnson helped Team USA to a perfect 3-0-0-0 mark in group play, which included a 5-3 win over Canada on Feb. 21. The Americans then defeated Switzerland and Finland to reach the gold medal game. In six games, Johnson had one assist, which came against Norway in the preliminary round, and earned a +2 plus/minus rating. His 119:45 of ice time ranked third among the seven defensemen that the U.S. carried on its roster.
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.
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