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Johnson Headed to the Desert, Signs One-Year Deal With Phoenix

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 07/13/2012
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HANOVER, N.H. - Nick Johnson '08, a former Dartmouth men's hockey captain, signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Phoenix Coyotes, the club announced Thursday afternoon.

In his lone season with the Minnesota Wild, Johnson had career highs in goals (8), assists (18), points (26), penalty minutes (45) and games played (77).

His 26 points ranked 12th in the league among rookies during the 2011-12 campaign.

A strong first-half effort in St. Paul earned Johnson a spot at the 2012 National Hockey League All-Star Weekend as part of the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

At Dartmouth, Johnson ranks as one of the top offensive players in program history, finishing his career 10th all-time in points with 125. His 57 career goals are 18th all-time and his 68 assists rank 16th in the record books.

Johnson's 35 points (18g/17a) in 2004-05 is the third-highest total by a Big Green freshman since the 1977-78 season, when they were allowed to compete at the varsity level.

In his NHL career, Johnson has registered 10-21-31 and 52 penalty minutes in 87 career games with Minnesota and Pittsburgh.

Also inking a new contract recently was former Big Green player TJ Galiardi '10, who re-signed with the San Jose Sharks.

After a mid-season trade from the Colorado Avalanche to the Sharks, Galiardi re-upped with the team to stay in the Bay Area for the 2012-13 season by signing a one-year contract.

In keeping with both clubs' policies, financial terms of both contracts were not disclosed.

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