Mark Johnson (ice hockey)
September 22, 1957 |
Minneapolis, MN, USA
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Played for||Pittsburgh Penguins
Minnesota North Stars
St. Louis Blues
New Jersey Devils
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||66th overall, 1977
|WHA Draft||22nd overall, 1977
Mark E. "Magic" Johnson (born September 22, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Madison, Wisconsin) is the ice hockey coach for the University of Wisconsin–Madison women's ice hockey team. He is a former NHL player who appeared in 669 NHL regular season games between 1980 and 1990. He also played for the Gold medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team.
As a teenager, Johnson attended James Madison Memorial High School, where he was on the hockey team. He then played for the University of Wisconsin–Madison ice hockey team for three years under his father, legendary coach Bob Johnson. In 1977, during his first year at the university, he helped the Badgers win the NCAA national championship. He was the first Badger to win the WCHA Rookie of the year. He went on to become the school's leading goal scorer and second all-time scorer. Johnson was also a two time All-American. His brother, Peter, also played at the university.
International and professional career
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for the United States|
|Gold||1980 Lake Placid||Team competition|
|Women's ice hockey (as coach)|
|Silver||2010 Vancouver||Team competition|
Johnson made his international debut with the United States national team as an 18-year-old in 1976, when he played in 11 training games for the 1976 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team coached by his father. He represented the United States in 13 international tournaments (including the 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990 Ice Hockey World Championship tournaments and the 1981, 1984 and 1987 Canada Cup). He was a star player on the U.S. Olympic Hockey team at the 1980 Lake Placid winter games. Playing for the United States against the Soviet Union, Johnson scored two of the four goals in the Team USA 4-3 victory. He scored in the first period of the game, which directly led to the Soviet coach taking out his goalie, Vladislav Tretiak, who was considered the best goalie in the world at the time; years later, when Johnson asked Soviet defenseman Slava Fetisov, now an NHL teammate, about the decision, he was simply told, "Coach crazy". He also scored in the third period to tie the game at 3–3. The team then went on to defeat Finland to capture the gold medal, with Johnson assisting on the game-winning goal and scoring the insurance goal with less than four minutes remaining in the game.
Johnson went on to play professional hockey in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars, Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues, and New Jersey Devils. He played in the 1984 NHL All Star game as the Whalers representative and served as the Whalers team captain in 1983–85. He also played two seasons with Milan Saima SG in Italy and a final season in Austria before retiring from the game in 1992. He briefly came out of retirement to play two games for Team USA in the 1998 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships qualifying tournament at the age of 41, where he helped Team USA retain its position in the World Championships' Pool A.
Johnson is the head coach of the University of Wisconsin–Madison women's ice hockey team, a position he has held since 2002. The team won its first NCAA national championship on March 26, 2006. They repeated as national champions in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Prior to coaching the women's team, Johnson was an assistant coach for the Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey team from 1996 until 2002.
He served as an assistant coach for the American national men's hockey team in 2000 and 2002. On July 6, 2006, he was named head coach of the American women's team as part of a general reorganization of the program, leading the women's hockey team to a silver medal at the 2010 Olympics.
In popular culture
Johnson's son, Patrick Johnson, played for the men's hockey team at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He coaches his daughter, Mikayla, who plays for the women's hockey team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Awards and achievements
- Johnson was inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001 and the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.
- He completed his B.A. degree in kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin in 1994.
|All-WCHA First Team||1977–78|
|AHCA West All-American||1977–78|
|All-WCHA First Team||1978–79|
|AHCA West All-American||1978–79|
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1984)
- WCHA Freshman of the Year (1977)
- WCHA Most Valuable Player (1979)
United States National Team Coach
- 2000 Men’s World Championship (Assistant)
- 2002 Men’s World Championship (Assistant)
- 2006 Women’s Four Nations Cup (Head)
- 2007 Women’s World Championship (Head)
- 2007 Women’s Under-22 Select Team (Head)
- 2008 Women’s Under-18 Select Team (Head)
- 2010 Women's Olympic Team (Head)
He was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
|1976–77||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||43||36||44||80||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|1977–78||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||42||48||38||86||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|1978–79||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||40||41||49||90||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|1981–82||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||10||2||2||4||10||4||2||0||2||0|
|1984–85||St. Louis Blues||NHL||17||4||6||10||2||3||0||1||1||0|
|1985–86||New Jersey Devils||NHL||80||21||41||62||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||New Jersey Devils||NHL||68||25||26||51||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||New Jersey Devils||NHL||54||14||19||33||14||18||10||8||18||4|
|1988–89||New Jersey Devils||NHL||40||13||25||38||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989–90||New Jersey Devils||NHL||63||16||29||45||12||2||0||0||0||0|
|1990–91||Milan Saima SG||Italy-A||36||32||44||76||15||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||Milan Saima SG||Italy-A||Statistics Unavailable||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||Zell am See EK||Austria||33||23||49||72||14||—||—||—||—||—|
- Johnson to Coach US Women's Hockey in 2010 Olympics Yahoo Sports, January 27, 2009
- Eric Peter-Kaiser biography at the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1371703/
- Mark Johnson's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Mark Johnson's hockeydraftcentral.com profile
- Mark Johnson's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Profile at Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame
|Awards and achievements|
|WCHA Player of the Year
Trish Millines Dziko
|Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA)
Class of 2005
Joan Benoit Samuelson
|Hartford Whalers captain
|American women's hockey team head coach