|Mark E. Johnson
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 160 pounds
Born: 9.22.57 Minneapolis, Minnesota
|How he arrived: Traded by the St. Louis Blues for Shawn Evans and Devils' fifth round pick in the
1986 E.D., 9.19.85
How he left: Signed with HC Milano (Italy) after the 89-90 season
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
How many players can say that they were a part of two miracles in their sports career? Johnson is one that can, of
course being the top line center on the Miracle On Ice team in 1980, and later being a key component on the Devils'
Miracle of 88 team that fell one game short of the Stanley Cup finals.
By the time the Devils got Johnson, he was already well-traveled, having played for 4 teams in 5-plus seasons, with his
best years being with the Hartford Whalers.
He was still productive when he was in the lineup, but he had his fair share of injuries at the same time. Particularly in
88-89, having a broken jaw, a pulled hamstring, and a strained knee that caused him to miss half the season. It didn't
help that he was a small guy playing in a physical man's time frame.
As a Devil, he will forever be remembered as the man that scored 4 goals in a game against the Washington Capitals
the same night linemate Patrik Sundstrom got his NHL record 8-point night. That 4-goal game still stands as a team
record in the playoffs.
He finished his career in Europe, then returned to his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, to become an assistant
coach for the Badgers, then after being passed over for the head job in favor of Mike Eaves, he was named coach of the
women's team, who he lead to the NCAA championship 4 times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011) and 3 more trips to the
Women's Frozen Four, as well (2014 through 2016). On top of that, he would coach the US Women's team to a
silver medal in the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. Good coaching genes runs in the family, obviously. Of course, I'm
referring to his father, the late "Badger" Bob Johnson.
Patrick Johnson, his son, was also a player on the Badgers' mens team.
|Entry Draft: 1977 Fourth Round Pick (66th overall) by the
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise