#23 Eric Johnson
AS A SENIOR: Played in 18 games after missing most of the first half of the season with an injury … recorded 13 shots on goal and two penalty minutes … blocked 14 shots … appeared in two playoff games … named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team … earned the team’s Compton Family Leadership in Service award and the Lefty Smith Coaches Award … one of five 2015 recipients of Notre Dame’s Francis Patrick O’Connor Award … a national nominee for the College Hockey Humanitarian Award.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 32 games for Notre Dame during the 2013-14 campaign … recorded five assists for five points … had two penalties for four minutes … was +6 on the season … missed eight games due to injury … was hurt Oct. 26 at Minnesota Duluth and returned to the lineup Nov. 29 versus Alabama Huntsville … picked up first assist of the season in opener versus Western Michigan (Oct. 11) when he helped set up Vince Hinostroza’s first collegiate goal in 4-0 win over Broncos … added assists versus Alabama Huntsville (Jan. 11), New Hampshire (Jan. 31), Boston College (Mar. 16) and St. Cloud State (Mar. 29) … played in six postseason games, collecting a pair of assists.
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 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 … Earned the team’s Most Improved Player Award following the season.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see any action during the 2011-12 season.
IN THE NAHL & USHL: Began his junior hockey career with the Wenatchee Wild of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) in 2009-10 … played 20 games with the Wild in 2009-10, scoring two goals and adding 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 NAHLs Top Prospects Tournament … had his rights traded to the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL) on Dec. 3, 2010 and played for former Irish volunteer assistant coach Jim Montgomery … member of Dubuque squad that went on to win the 2011 USHLs Clark Cup championship … collected a goal with two assists for three points in 33 games with 24 penalty minutes.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, Wisconsin in June 2009 … played hockey while in high school for the Madison Capitols AAA … member of three state championship teams and one regional title squad … full name is Eric Russell Johnson … son of Bobbi Johnson … has one brother, Michael, who played in goal for the Irish (2009-13) and one sister, Lauren … one of 11 sets of brothers to play hockey at Notre Dame and part of the most recent brother duo to play at Notre Dame at the same time as Mike and Eric played together for two seasons (2011-13) … was a teammate of fellow defenseman Andy Ryan, whose brother Ben played for the Irish from 2007-11 … Eric was born in Fridley, Minn. … a double major in sociology and computer applications at Notre Dame … signed national letter of intent in the early-signing period (November 2010) along with Peter Schneider, Robbie Russo and Andy Ryan.