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Johnson ready to help U.S. at world tourney

Blue Jackets notebook: Johnson ready to help U.S. at world tourney
By Shawn Mitchell
The Columbus Dispatch WEDNESDAY APRIL 4, 2012 5:25 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. — At least one Blue Jacket will be playing postseason hockey, albeit not of the NHL variety.

Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson said he has committed to playing in the World Championships for Team USA. The tournament will begin May 4 in Finland and Sweden.

Johnson said yesterday that he didn’t consider skipping it.

“That’s my job,” he said.

“It’s what I do. I’m a hockey player and I want to keep playing. If we were in the playoffs, we’d be playing at that time anyway. Without it, it’s an incredibly long summer.”

Johnson has been a mainstay of USA Hockey since before turning pro in 2007. He has played in two world Under-18 tournaments, two world juniors, four World Championships and the 2010 Olympics.

Johnson was the U.S. captain at the 2010 World Championships.

“I’d like to add a medal to the résumé,” Johnson said. “A gold medal, it would be nice to hang one on the wall. I want to get as many cracks at it as I can. Hopefully, we get some really good players who decide they want to play.”

Well, he'll get lots of cracks at it in Columbus, har har.