Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Kings: Jack Johnson will stick to his roots
By Dan Arritt
Now that Kings defenseman Jack Johnson will be around a while, signing a seven-year $30.5 million contract extension last weekend, time to start looking for that mansion on the beach that’ll be perfect for the summers, right?
Maybe if it’s on the banks of Lake Michigan.
Johnson, who turns 24 on Thursday, said his new riches won’t change his offseason ritual of returning to Ann Arbor and splitting time between his parents' home and a bachelor pad with his former defense partner at Michigan, Matt Hunwick of the Colorado Avalanche.
"The reason I like going home in the summer is I like the change of pace," Johnson said. "It’s not that I don’t like being in L.A. during the summer, it’s just that when I’m in L.A. I associate it with work and hockey."
Johnson, who left Michigan after his sophomore season and signed with the Kings, has also been keeping his promise to Wolverines coach Red Berenson, taking a few classes at Michigan each summer to complete his degree.
"I have a great thing for training and skating in the summer in Michigan, seeing my friends and family that I don’t see," he said. "It’s just a good chance to recharge the batteries and be real excited to back in the fall."
Johnson, who will get a raise from $1.425 million this season to $3.5 million each of the next three to $5 million the final four of the contract, does have some plans for his additional income.
"Being a Motor City kid, I’m kind of into cars," he said.
Johnson has his eyes on a Ferrari, but also fancies BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes, even listing the 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang among his favorite automobiles.
"Other than that, I’m a pretty simple guy, jeans, T-shirt, tennis shoes," he said. "I don’t need a huge house and a swimming pool."
Check out the home page of lakings.com to view a newly released video that provides additional details on Johnson’s ties with the Great Lakes State.