The Irish hockey team was victorious over Bowling Green at the Compton Family Ice Arena on March 2nd on senior night.
Earned his first monogram with the Irish during the 2012-13 season ... pleasant surprise on the Notre Dame blue line during his sophomore campaign ... after not seeing any action as a freshman, worked his way into the lineup to become a regular on the Irish defensive unit in the second half of the season ... worked hard on and off the ice to elevate his game ... steady, stay-at-home defenseman who skates well and makes smart decisions with the puck ... will look to elevate his game another level in 2013-14 ... has a strong, accurate shot ... has the potential to be a top-four defender for the Irish ... competive player who wants to get better ... played in 28 games as a sophomore, scoring two goals while adding two assists for four points ... whistled for three penalties for six minutes ... had one game winner and was +6 for the season ... winner of Notre Dame's most improved player award ... is the brother of recently graduated Notre Dame goaltender Mike Johnson `13 ... one of 11 sets of brothers to play at Notre Dame ... part of the most recent brother duo to play at Notre Dame at the same time ... was teammates with brother, Mike, for two seasons (2001-13) ... is a teammate of fellow defenseman, Andy Ryan, whose brother, Ben `11, played for the Irish from 2007-11 ... one of three natives of Wisconsin on the Notre Dame roster along with Jeff Costello (Milwaukee) and Joe Aiken (Whitefish Bay) ... one of 20 players on the Notre Dame roster to play in the USHL and one of four Irish players with ties to the NAHL ... signed national letter-of-intent in the early-signing period (Nov. `10) along with Peter Schneider, Robbie Russo and Andy Ryan.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 28 of Notre Dame's 41 games in 2012-13 ... scored two goals and added two assists for four points ... had one game-winning goal ... picked up three penalties for six minutes and was +6 on the season ... was fourth on the team with 33 blocked shots ... winner of Notre Dame's most improved player award ... made collegiate debut on Oct. 19 in 4-1 win versus Minnesota Duluth ... split playing time with junior Jared Beers and freshman Andy Ryan over the first half of the season ... moved into the regular rotation on defense versus Michigan State (Dec. 8) ... scored his first collegiate goal - the game winner in 7-4 win over Michigan (Feb. 8) at the Compton Family Ice Arena ... recorded first collegiate assist in 3-3 tie at Western Michigan to start three-game point streak ... assisted on Bryan Rust's goal in 1-1 tie against the Broncos the following night ... closed out scoring streak with his second goal of the season in 4-3 win over Bowling Green (March 1) ... played in five postseason games with no points.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see any action during the 2011-12 season.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, Wis. in June of 2009 ... played hockey while in high school for the Madison Capitols AAA ... member of three state championship teams and one regional title squad ... played junior hockey in both the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the Wenatchee Wild and in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Dubuque Fighting Saints ... played 20 games with the Wild in 2009-10 with two goals and five assists for seven points ... helped the Wild advance to the Robertson Cup finals ... started the 2010-11 season with Wenatchee as the team captain ... had two assists in 19 games with 18 penalty minutes ... selected to the NAHL's Top Prospects Tournament ... had his rights traded to the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League (USHL) on Dec. 3, 2010 where he played for former Irish volunteer assistant coach Jim Montgomery ... member of Dubuque squad that went on to win the 2011 USHL's Clark Cup championship ... collected a goal with two assists for three points in 33 games with 24 penalty minutes ... full name is Eric Russell Johnson ... son of Bobbi Johnson ... has one brother, Michael, who played in goal for the Irish from 2009-13) and one sister, Lauren ... born in Fridley, Minn. ... has a double major in sociology and computer applications at Notre Dame.