Mark Johnson added to his hockey legacy Saturday night when his No. 10 jersey became the first in Wisconsin men’s hockey history to be retired and placed in the rafters of the Kohl Center.
“My expectations were very high and we matched any expectations I had on the evening. It was very special,” Johnson said.
Johnson played for the Badgers from 1976 through 1979. He became the first UW player to win WCHA rookie of the year honors and went on to become the No. 2 scorer in program history, with a school-record 125 goals and 131 assists in just three seasons.
“A guy just wanting to full fill a dream of playing for Wisconsin. I was one of the select few that got the opportunity to do it so very thankful and very appreciative,” Johnson said.
As a coach, Johnson is the winningest coach in Wisconsin women’s hockey history and ranks third in NCAA history in career wins. The Badgers have won four NCAA titles under Johnson.
Johnson’s No. 10 jersey now hangs above a sheet of ice named after his father Bob Johnson in the Kohl Center.