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Road to PyeongChang: Rebecca Johnston

A closer look at the forward from Sudbury, Ont., centralized with Canada’s National Women’s Team

Jason La Rose
January 20, 2018

Position: Forward
Hometown: Sudbury, Ont.
Birthdate: September 24, 1989
Club Team: Calgary Inferno (CWHL)

Road to Centralization
1997-98: Sudbury Leafs (Novice AA)
1998-99: Sudbury Timberwolves (Novice AA)
1999-2000: Sudbury Timberwolves (Atom AA)
2000-01: Sudbury Leafs (Atom AA)
2001-02: Sudbury Leafs
2002-03: Sudbury Storm
2003-04: Unknown
2004-07: Sudbury Lady Wolves (Intermediate AA)
2007-09: Cornell University (ECAC)
2009-10: Centralized for Olympics
2010-12: Cornell University (ECAC)
2012-13: Toronto Furies (CWHL)
2013-14: Centralized for Olympics
2014-17: Calgary Inferno (CWHL)

Team Canada Experience
International debut: August 15, 2006 vs. Finland
Canada’s National Women’s Team (2007-17): 125GP 49G 54A 103P
Canada’s National Women’s Development Team (2006-10): 28GP 16G 23A 39P

Olympic & World Championship Experience
2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 5GP 2G 3A 5P (silver medal)
2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 5GP 2G 5A 7P (silver medal)
2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 5GP 2G 3A 5P (silver medal)
2014 Olympic Winter Games – 5GP 2G 3A 5P (gold medal)
2013 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 5GP 3G 2A 5P (silver medal)
2012 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 5GP 1G 6A 7P (gold medal)
2011 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 5GP 4G 2A 6P (silver medal)
2010 Olympic Winter Games – 5GP 1G 5A 6P (gold medal)
2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 5GP 3G 2A 5P (silver medal)
2008 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 5GP 0G 0A 0P (silver medal)
2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 0GP 0G 0A 0P (gold medal)

Who has played the biggest role in getting you to centralization?
“My parents. They have been my biggest supporters throughout my entire career. They were the ones that were at the rink every night driving me to practice or cheering me on during my games, and pushed me to be better on and off the ice. I couldn't have done it without their support and guidance. They are my No. 1 fans and I appreciate all the time and money they put forth for my hockey career.”

When did you decide you wanted to play for Team Canada?
“I first decided I wanted to play for Team Canada when I was sitting with my family watching Canada’s Women's Olympic Team win gold in Salt Lake City in 2002. I remember watching how truly happy they all were receiving their medals and I knew that was something I wanted to accomplish one day. I set a goal from then on that I wanted to represent my country and hopefully win a gold medal for Canada.”

What is the most important thing hockey has given you?
“Two things – an Ivy League education from Cornell University, and life-long friendships. I never would have had the opportunity to play for an Ivy League school or met all the wonderful, amazing people I have met over the years if it weren't for my passion for hockey. Hockey has given me so much in life and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to play the game.”

For more information:

Dominick Saillant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
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Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
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Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
Office: 403-777-4567
Mobile: 905-906-5327
[email protected]


2021 MWC: CAN 3 – FIN 2 OT (Gold Medal)
Paul was the overtime hero to give Canada the gold medal in Riga.
2021 MWC: CAN 4 – USA 2 (Semifinal)
Mangiapane scored twice to send Canada into the gold medal game.
2021 MWC: CAN 2 – ROC 1 OT (Quarterfinal)
Stecher set up Mangiapane for the OT winner to earn a semifinal spot.
2021 MWC: FIN 3 – CAN 2 SO (Preliminary)
Pirri and Comtois scored, but Canada fell to the Finns in a shootout.