San Jose, CA (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Former UMD Bulldog and longtime NHL defenseman Jim Johnson has been named an assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks, the team announced on Tuesday.
The 49-year-old Johnson spent this past season as an assistant with Washington, and he has also been an assistant with Tampa Bay and the interim head coach of Phoenix.
Johnson, who spent 14 seasons as a player in the NHL, also has some experience coaching in the American Hockey League (AHL) and with the U.S. National Junior Team.
The New Hope native played 174 games with the UMD Bulldogs, totaling 13 goals and 70 assists during that span. He then went on to a 14-year NHL career, tallying 29 goals and 166 assists in 829 games.
The former UMD star also represented the United States at four IIHF World Championships and one Canada Cup. His son, Derik, is entering his sophomore season this winter with the Bulldogs.