The University of Wisconsin will be retiring women’s hockey head coach Mark Johnson’s number next year, according to a release.
Johnson is the greatest goal scorer in Wisconsin hockey history, and played on the 1980 Olympic Miracle on Ice team.
Johnson’s No. 10 jersey will be raised to the Kohl Center rafters Feb. 9, according to the release. He will become the first hockey player to have his jersey retired at Wisconsin.
"When I heard the news, I was very excited and certainly humbled by being recognized this way," Johnson said in the release. "It is certainly a big, big honor.
"I feel very fortunate that I had an opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream," Johnson said. "I remember being a stick boy when I was 8 or 9 and watching Badger hockey for a lot of years on the bench, hoping one day I would get to wear the jersey and play for the University of Wisconsin. I got the opportunity to do that and have great memories. This is going to be a great memory that I am extremely proud of and certainly my family is very proud of. It is going to be a very special night and I am looking forward to it. I can't be more appreciative."
The No. 10 will remain in circulation at Wisconsin, but Johnson's name and number will be forever celebrated.
Johnson, who recently became the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I women's hockey, will become the first hockey player to have his jersey retired at Wisconsin when the Badgers play host to Ohio State.
An NCAA champion his freshman season in 1977 as the WCHA Freshman of the Year, the Madison-grown Johnson was a two-time, first-team All-American and the 1979 WCHA Most Valuable Player.
Wisconsin's all-time leading goal scorer with 125 goals in just three seasons and 125 games played, he also holds school single-season marks with 48 goals and 90 points, while sharing the school mark with 17 power-play goals in a season (he shares the record with his brother Peter). UW's top all-time freshman, sophomore and junior goal scorer, Johnson also owns a share of the school mark with five goals in a single game. His 256 career points are second in school history, though he is the only skater to average better than two points per game.
In addition to the 1977 NCAA title, Johnson's teams captured the 1977 MacNaughton Cup as WCHA regular-season champs, the 1977 WCHA playoff championship and the 1978 WCHA regional championship. He played in two Frozen Fours.
Johnson scored two goals in the "Miracle On Ice" against the Soviet Union, and he was the leading scorer for Team USA during their gold medal run at the 1980 Winter Olympics.
Under Johnson, the women's program has become a national power, with him leading the team to four NCAA titles. He also owns four national coach of the year honors and seven WCHA Coach of the Year honors. His teams have captured seven WCHA regular-season and tournament titles, while five of his players have won the Patty Kazmaier Award as national player of the year. Fifteen of his players have gone on to represent their countries at the highest level of women's hockey at the Olympic Games.
Beginning Feb. 9, the jersey of Mark Johnson will forever hang above the rink that bears the name of his father, Bob Johnson.