Mark Johnson (ice hockey)

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Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson at 2010 Winter Olympics 2010-02-25.jpg
Johnson at the 2010 Winter Olympics after the American women's loss to Canada in the gold medal game
Born (1957-09-22) September 22, 1957 (age 58)
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
Minnesota North Stars
Hartford Whalers
St. Louis Blues
New Jersey Devils
National team  United States
NHL Draft 66th overall, 1977
Pittsburgh Penguins
WHA Draft 22nd overall, 1977
Birmingham Bulls
Playing career 1979–1990

Mark Einar "Magic" Johnson (born September 22, 1957) 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.

Amateur career[edit]

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[edit]

Mark Johnson
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1980 Lake Placid Team competition
Women's ice hockey (as coach)
Silver medal – second place 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 with one second left 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;[citation needed] years later, when Johnson asked Soviet defenseman Slava Fetisov, now an NHL teammate, about the decision, he was simply told, "Coach crazy".[1] 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.

In 2010, thirty years after winning the Olympic gold medal as a player, Johnson coached the United States women's national ice hockey team, which won a silver medal in the Vancouver games.

Coaching career[edit]

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.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

Michael Cummings played Johnson in the 1981 TV movie Miracle on Ice.

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.

Eric Peter-Kaiser portrayed him in the 2004 Disney film Miracle. Peter-Kaiser was playing college hockey for SUNY Potsdam when he got the part.[3]

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • He completed his B.A. degree in kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin in 1994.[5]
Award Year
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.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
1979–80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 17 3 5 8 4 5 2 2 4 0
1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 10 23 33 50 5 2 1 3 6
1981–82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 46 10 11 21 30
1981–82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 10 2 2 4 10 4 2 0 2 0
1982–83 Hartford Whalers NHL 73 31 38 69 28
1983–84 Hartford Whalers NHL 79 35 52 87 27
1984–85 Hartford Whalers NHL 49 19 28 47 21
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
NHL Totals 669 203 305 508 260 37 16 12 28 10

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mike Eaves
WCHA Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Tim Harrer
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Russ Anderson
Hartford Whalers captain
Succeeded by
Ron Francis
Preceded by
Ben Smith
American women's hockey team head coach
Succeeded by