Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brent Johnson
Born in Farmington, Michigan, Johnson learned the game in the Detroit minor hockey system before joining the Owen Sound Platers of the OHL. Johnson comes by his hockey acumen naturally; his grandfather is Hockey Hall of Fame member, Sid Abel and his father was a goaltender for the St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1970s.He displayed much promise as an OHL rookie in 1994-95 and was chosen 129th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Following his last OHL season, Johnson's rights was traded to the St. Louis Blues for a third-round draft pick since Colorado had prospects Marc Denis David Aebischer waiting in the wings.

During his first pro season with the AHL's Worcester Ice Cats, Johnson played well while appearing in 42 games, He continued the heavy workload the next year and made his NHL debut by playing six games for the Blues. In 1999-200 Johnson posted a 2.91 goals against average and played in 58 games for Worcester. The 2000-01 season represented his rookie year and Johnson responded with a 2.17 goals against average and a 19-9-2 won lost mark.

The Farmington native played in a career high 58 games in 2001-02, establishing a career high in wins (34) and becoming the first goaltender in NHL history to record three consecutive as his first three playoff wins.

Following a career year with the Blues in 2001-02, Johnson was looking to build on his previous year's success in 2002-03. However, an injury plagued season, limited Johnson to only 38 regular season games and he split the better part of the 2003-04 season with the AHL's Worcester IceCats before being acquired by the Phoenix Coyotes for journeyman Mike Sillinger.

In the summer of 2005, Johnson was acquired by the Vancouver Canucks, but shortly there after he was waived by the club and claimed by the Washington Capitals where he would serve as the team's backup goaltender for Olaf Kolzig and eventually Jose Theodore.

After being eliminated by the Pittsburgh in the 2009 playoffs, Johnston decided to join the Penguins for the 2009-10 season, signing as a free agent in July.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1993-94 Detroit Compuware Ambassadors NAHL 18 1 3.52
1994-95 Owen Sound Platers OHL 18 3 9 1 0 4.98
1995-96 Owen Sound Platers OHL 58 24 28 1 1 4.54 6 2 4 0 4.69
1996-97 Owen Sound Platers OHL 50 20 28 1 1 4.31 4 0 4 0 5.69
1997-98 Worcester IceCats AHL 42 14 15 7 0 3.19 6 3 2 0 3.43
1998-99 St. Louis Blues NHL 6 3 2 0 0 2.10
1998-99 Worcester IceCats AHL 49 22 22 4 2 2.99 4 1 3 0 3.02
1999-00 Worcester IceCats AHL 58 24 27 5 3 2.91 9 4 5 1 2.46
2000-01 St. Louis Blues NHL 31 19 9 2 4 2.17 2 0 1 0 1.94
2001-02 St. Louis Blues NHL 58 34 20 4 5 2.18 10 5 5 3 1.83
2002-03 St. Louis Blues NHL 38 16 13 5 2 2.47
2002-03 Worcester IceCats AHL 2 0 1 1 0 3.84
2003-04 St. Louis Blues NHL 10 4 3 1 1 2.43
2003-04 Worcester IceCats AHL 8 2 2 2 0 2.30
2003-04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 8 1 6 1 0 2.59
2004-05
2005-06 Washington Capitals NHL 26 9 12 1 1 3.44
2006-07 Washington Capitals NHL 30 6 15 7 0 3.61
2007-08 Washington Capitals NHL 19 7 8 2 0 2.67
2007-08 Hershey Bears AHL 1 0 1 0 0 3.04
2008-09 Washington Capitals NHL 21 12 6 2 0 2.81
2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 23 10 6 1 0 2.76 1 0 0 0 0 1.94
2010-11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 23 13 5 3 1 2.17 1 0 0 0 7.06
2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 16 6 7 2 0 3.11 1 0 0 0 6.00
NHL Totals 309 140 112 31 14 2.62 15 5 6 0 3 2.19


Son of Bob Traded to St. Louis by Colorado for San Jose's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Colorado selected Rick Berry) in 1997 Entry Draft, May 30, 1997. Traded to Phoenix by St. Louis for Mike Sillinger, March 4, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, September 1, 2005. Claimed on waivers by Washington from Vancouver, October 4, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 21, 2009.