Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson was born August 9, 1962 in New Hope, Minnesota. A graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Johnson signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins following his senior year in 1985.

A stay-at-home defenceman, Johnson played parts of six seasons with the Penguins before being traded to the Minnesota North Stars in the early stages of the 1990-91 season. Johnson transferred to Dallas in the summer of 1993 after the Minnesota franchise relocated and was subsequently traded to the Washington Capitals in the latter stages of the 1993-94 season.

After parts of three seasons in Washington, Johnson signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Coyotes in the summer of 1996. On November 11, 1997 Johnson suffered a career-ending head injury in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Throughout his playing career, Johnson represented his country at four World Championships (1985, 1986, 1987 and 1990) and one Canada Cup (1992) and went on to be named the Assistant Coach of the U.S. National Junior Team for the 1999-00 season.

The New Hope, Minnesota native officialy announced his retirement on July 21, 1998 after 829 career NHL games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 St. Paul Vulcans USHL 48 7 25 32 92 6 1 3 4 8
1981-82 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 40 0 10 10 62
1982-83 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 44 3 18 21 118
1983-84 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 43 3 13 16 116
1984-85 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 47 7 29 36 49
1984-85 United States WEC-A 9 0 1 1 22
1985-86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 3 26 29 115 +12
1985-86 United States WEC-A 9 0 0 0 12
1986-87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 5 25 30 116 -6
1986-87 United States WEC-A 10 0 0 0 28
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 55 1 12 13 87 -4
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 2 14 16 163 +7 11 0 5 5 44
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 3 13 16 154 -20
1989-90 United States WEC-A 10 0 5 5 16
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 24 0 5 5 23 -3
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 44 1 9 10 100 +9 14 0 1 1 52
1991-92 United States Can-Cup 8 0 0 0 20
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 71 4 10 14 102 +11 7 1 3 4 18
1992-93 Minnesota North Stars NHL 79 3 20 23 105 +9
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 53 0 7 7 51 -6
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 8 0 0 0 12 -1
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 47 0 13 13 43 +6 7 0 2 2 8
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 66 2 4 6 34 -3 6 0 0 0 6
1996-97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 55 3 7 10 74 +5 6 0 0 0 4
1997-98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 16 2 1 3 18 0
NHL Totals 829 29 166 195 1197 51 1 11 12 132


Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, June 9, 1985. Traded to Minnesota by Pittsburgh with Chris Dahlquist for Larry Murphy and Peter Taglianetti, December 11, 1990. Transferred to Dallas after Minnesota franchise relocated, June 9, 1993. Traded to Washington by Dallas for Alan May and Washington's 7th round choice (Jeff Dewar) in 1995 Entry Draft, March 21, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 6, 1996.
Suffered career-ending concussion in game vs. Tampa Bay, November 11, 1997.
Officially announced retirement, July 21, 1998.