maybe i should have had greg howard write the brandon obit.
Deadspin just ran an article stating that the recently filed bankruptcy of former UM hockey standout Jack Johnson was caused by his parents robbing him. Wild story.
The Columbus Dispatch reports on Blue Jackets' defenseman Jack Johnson filing for bankruptcy and his path down financial ruin, which leads back to his time in Ann Arbor.
And it was at Michigan, sources say, that Johnson’s path to financial ruin began.
Maurice Taylor, a star basketball player at Michigan from 1994 to ’97 who was later disassociated by the school after a string of NCAA violations, steered Johnson and his family toward Simon Vo, who was to serve as Johnson’s business manager after Johnson fired Brisson, the agent.
Johnson had been paid relatively modest salaries early in his career, earning a high of $1.6 million in his fourth season in the league.
In the months leading up to his $30.5 million deal with the Kings, however, Vo and Steve Miller, who owned a mortgage company in Los Angeles, began discussing with Johnson’s parents the idea of “monetizing” Johnson’s contract, sources said.
“Monetizing” — that is, borrowing against guaranteed future salaries — has led to the financial woes of many professional athletes.
JMFJ signed a power of attorney that granted his mother full control of his finances and his parents started taking out loans in his name without his knowledge. He's now $10-15 million in debt, been sued three times, and has reportedly cut off all contact with his family.
“I’ve seen lots of instances of parents riding their kid’s coattails around,” said an NHL executive familiar with the case. “I’ve never seen a case as ugly as this one, where the parents took such advantage of their kid.”
After winning 7-2 vs the French on Friday the US took on Medal favorite Canada this afternoon. Lapeer MI, native Jim Slater (Winnipeg- MSU) opened the scoring 1 minute into the game. In what turned out to be a back and forth game all night Canada's John Tavares (NY Islanders) answered with a goal 5 mins later.
In the second period Canada opened the scoring when Jeff Skinner (Carolina) scored 7 minutes into the period. This time it was the USA who answered, when Captain Jack Johnson (Columbus- MICHIGAN) scored his first of the night.
Going into the third the game was tied 2-2. The USA took it's second lead of the night when Patrick Dwyer (Carolina) scored on a wrap around shorthanded. Again Canada took little time answering, just 3 mins later Evander Kane (Winnipeg) evened the score at 3-3. The USA took a 4-3 lead with only 3 minutes remaining when Nate Thompson (Tampa Bay) scored on a doorstep goal, after great work behind the net by Joey Crabb (Toronto- Colorado College). But Canada was not done, Duncan Keith (Chicago) scored less and 90 seconds later evening the score again at 4-4.
The game changing moment occured ironicaly with 1 second left in regulation. When John Tavares was called for delay of game when he lifted the puck over the glass in his own end. The USA started OT on a powerplay, and maintained control in the Canada end the entire 2 minutes. With twelve second remaining on the power play Jack Johnson let a wrist shot go from the top of the circles, beating Cam Ward (Carolina) five hole for the game winner.
Winning goalie Jimmy Howard (Detroit- Maine) made 30 saves while Cam Ward made 41 saves in the losing effort.
The USA next takes on Slovakia on Monday at 1:15 EST. The win over Canada was just the third win all time in the World Championships.
Title pretty much says it all, Jack was named team captain for the upcoming world championships in Sweden.
Edit: Also Max Pacioretty is on team USA. Other names of note include Red Wings Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader. Also Michigan natives, assistant Captain Jim Slater Winnipeg Jets (MSU- Lapeer Mich), Cam Fowler Aneheim Ducks (Farmington Hills), and Jeff Petry Edmonton Oilers (MSU- Ann Arbor)
Congrats to Dave Moss, Jack Johnson and Eric Nystrom for their opportunity to represent the USA in the USA World Championship hockey tournament starting May 7th in Germany. As you all may know, they are all former Wolverine hockey players.
Jack Johnson of Team USA, a former Wolverine and currently a defenseman for the L.A. Kings, became the first active NHL player to march with his fellow Olympians at the opening ceremony. This article details the trouble Johnson went to in order to meet up with family and make it to the ceremony and back. Basically he spent a lot of money on a chartered plane.
"To have the opportunity to walk alongside the other Olympians from my country, and walk in the opening ceremonies is something I'll never forget. There was no way that I was going to let this opportunity slip by."