The St. Louis Blues announced on Thursday that Jim Johnson has been named San Antonio Rampage assistant coach, joining Head Coach Drew Bannister’s staff for the 2019-20 season.
“Both Drew and I are very excited to be adding a coach with such a distinguished coaching and playing career,” said Rampage General Manager Kevin McDonald in a statement. “Jim has an extensive track record of developing young players, and I am confident he will be a great teacher and resource for our defense group.”
Johnson comes to San Antonio after spending time with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers as an assistant coach from 2015-18. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks for three seasons. He also spent time with the Washington Capitals (2011-12) and Tampa Bay Lightning (2008-10).
“Jim brings experience playing the game at the NHL level as a defenseman, and he brings experience as an assistant coach at the NHL level developing defensemen,” said Bannister. “He brings a lot of energy and knowledge of the game, and he will be a great complement to our staff. I’m looking forward to working with Jim and learning from him.”
The Rampage will open the 2018-19 season on Friday, October 4 against the Manitoba Moose at the AT&T Center.