A member of Canada’s National Women’s Team since 2007, Rebecca Johnston has competed at eight IIHF Women’s World Championships as well as two Olympic Winter Games, helping Canada win gold at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014. After not being selected to the final roster in 2007, Johnston made her world championship debut in 2008.
In her eight career appearances she has won seven silver medals to go with the gold medal in 2012. At the 2011 World Championship she led the Canadian team in scoring with four goals and two assists and was one of Canada’s top three players as selected by the coaches. She was also Canada’s top scorer at the 2016 World Championships with two goals and five assists and was named to the Media All-Star Team.
Johnston’s collegiate career took her to Cornell University. In 2007-08 she was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. As a sophomore she was a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top female player in NCAA hockey. After spending 2009-10 centralized with the national team, she returned to school and led Cornell to the NCAA Frozen Four and was a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award in both 2010-11 and 2011-12. After graduation Johnston was drafted by the Toronto Furies of the CWHL and led them to the Clarkson Cup playoffs in 2012-13.
The following season she began playing with the Calgary Inferno and led the league in scoring to win the Angela James Bowl and CWHL MVP. Johnston missed most of 2015-16 due to back and hip issues, undergoing therapy to strengthen her hypermobile ligaments. Frustrated with watching the games from the stands, she focused on her rehab and returned in time to help the Inferno win the Clarkson Cup. Johnston and the Inferno made it back to the Clarkson Cup final in 2016-17.
A little more about Rebecca
Getting into the Sport: Started playing hockey at age four… Wanted to play because her father and siblings all played… Outside Interests: Enjoys reading… Used to have a part time job with the London Health Science Foundation… Earned her degree in communications from Cornell University… Odds and Ends: Had her Olympic dream sparked by seeing the women’s and men’s hockey teams win gold at Salt Lake City 2002 after entering the Games not as the favourites…
|2010 Vancouver||Ice Hockey||Women||Gold|
|2014 Sochi||Ice Hockey||Women||Gold|
Notable International Results
Olympic Winter Games: 2014 – GOLD; 2010 – GOLD
IIHF World Championships: 2017 – SILVER; 2016 – SILVER; 2015 – SILVER; 2013 – SILVER; 2012 – GOLD; 2011 – SILVER; 2009 – SILVER; 2008 – SILVER