Brent Johnson strictly became a member of a Pittsburgh Penguins on Jul 21, 2009.
The Pittsburgh Penguins had only won a Stanley Cup avenging a prior year’s Cup Final detriment to a Detroit Red Wings. Backup goaltending wasn’t accurately a strength of that Penguin group though. They inaugurated to pointer giveaway representative Brent Johnson.
Dany Sabourin was Marc Andre-Fleury’s backup a prior dual seasons. While he was efficient in that purpose during times, it was transparent improved options were substantially out there. He was indeed traded in Jan 2009 to Edmonton in a package understanding to pierce in Mathieu Garon. However, he would pointer a giveaway representative understanding with Columbus after a season.
Enter Brent Johnson. He would indeed be a second member of his family to play for a Penguins. His father, Bob, indeed played 12 games in net for a Penguins during a 1974-75 season.
His hockey bloodline went behind serve than that. His grandfather is Hall of Famer and one of a 100 Greatest NHL Players, Sid Abel. Centering a integrate other all time greats in Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay, he was a member of a vaunted “Production Line” of a Detroit Red Wings.Brent Johnson apparently had hockey in his blood and went on to have a 13 year career in a NHL.
Good Times in Pittsburgh
He gave a few flattering plain years to a Penguins classification and combined a small fad along a way. While it won’t go down in a NHL annals of biggest fights, he did make brief work of Rick Dipietro.
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That one punch left Dipietro with facial fractures and out for a residue of a deteriorate nonetheless again. Ah, a infirmity of Dipietro creates one consternation because he would ever cruise such a move. At any rate, Johnson should be remembered for his goaltending during his time in Pittsburgh some-more than for that singular impulse or his Led Zeppelin-themed masks.
He was a good a teammate and a favorite among many fans. Johnson honestly enjoyed his time in Pittsburgh as well. Going unsigned after a 2011-12 season, he pronounced in an interview with Seth Rorabaugh of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
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“Great times, good moments. we met a lot of good people. Obviously, we adore everybody we played with, generally my goaltending partner. Three good years with him. We’re still tighten and we’re going to sojourn close. First dual years, we had good years. Fun, a lot of fun. Last year, we struggled with injury. we didn’t wish it to finish like that though it’s hockey, that’s they approach it goes. I’m grateful for all my coaches and apparently (general manager) Ray (Shero). Everyone’s been a category act my whole time here. we was very, really gratified with my time here.”
He might not have been a biggest backup goalie in Pens History, though he is an underrated one. Today, he is a hockey researcher for CSN and works with immature hockey players as a goalie manager for a Washington Little Capitals. Thanks for your time in Pittsburgh Brent!