BIRTHPLACE: Minneapolis, Minn.
BORN: September 22, 1957
TEAMS/ASSOCIATIONS: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars, Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues, New Jersey Devils, U.S. National Teams, U.S. Olympic Team
Growing up the son of legendary hockey coach "Badger Bob" Johnson, it was no wonder Mark Johnson would go on to achieve greatness. Raised in the Badger State, Johnson went on to play hockey at the University of Wisconsin and led the Badgers to the 1977 national championship during his freshman campaign - garnering WCHA Rookie of the Year honors along the way. Johnson would emerge as a star in Madison, becoming the school's second all-time leading scorer with 256 points in just three seasons. In addition, the two-time first team All-WCHA pick and a two-time All-American was named as the 1978-79 WCHA MVP as well.
From there, Johnson went on to represent USA Hockey as a player in several international tournaments. Most notably, he led the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team's gold-medal-winning effort with 11 points, including two goals in the "Miracle-on-Ice" game against the Soviet Union. Following his Olympic experience, Johnson embarked on a successful 11-year NHL career, garnering 203 goals, 305 assists and 508 points with five different teams from 1980-90.
Johnson's coaching career began when he led the expansion Madison Monsters to a 37-30-7 mark in the 1995-96 season, while earning Colonial Hockey League Coach of the Year honors. He also led a pair of area high schools, serving as head coach for Verona for 1994-95 and as the assistant coach for Madison Memorial for 1993-94. Johnson served as an assistant coach with the 2000 World Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia, as well as the 2002 U.S. Men's National Team that competed in the 2002 IIHF World Championship in Sweden.
From 1996-2002, Johnson was an assistant coach with the University of Wisconsin's Men's Hockey Team and in 2002 he took over the head coaching reigns of the women's squad - earning WCHA Co-Coach of the Year honors that next year.
Among Johnson's many honors and accolades, he is the 1999 inductee into the IIHF Hall of Fame, a 2003 inductee into the State of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame and is also a charger member of Wisconsin's National W Club Hall of Fame. And, in addition to being inducted with the 1980 Gold Medal Olympic Team into the US Hockey Hall of Fame, the Vince Lombardi Charitable Funds named him as its 2004 "Award of Excellence" honoree.