Erik Johnson

NHLColorado Avalanche

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Erik Johnson is a top pair defensemen in the NHL playing for the Colorado Avalanche.  Johnson grew up in Minnesota where he excelled as a hockey player and joined the United States Development Program at age 17.  He has represented USA hockey in two under 18 tournaments (2 gold medals), a world junior tournament (bronze), multiple world championships (bronze in 2013) and the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver (Silver).  Erik was the first overall pick in the 2006 NHL entry draft and after playing one year at the University of Minnesota he turned pro and joined the St. Louis Blues. Erik Johnson has played over 550 NHL games and amassed more than 230 points. In the offseason, Erik and his girlfriend, Jackie, love spending time with their four dogs, Sebastian and Veda, Golden Retrievers, Beau who is a Lab and Gia, a Bernese Mountain Dog.  Erik and Jackie say, “Our dogs are like our kids, we take lots of pride in a holistic and natural approach with their care, to ensure a happy and healthy life for them.  With Athletes for Animals we are excited to show others how pets can enrich their lives.”

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