Rebecca Johnston was born on September 24, 1989 in Sudbury, Ontario. She grew up in a hockey environment, with all 5 of her siblings playing hockey. Rebecca Johnston has three brothers and two sisters and at one point there were four of them playing on the same outdoor hockey team. Her older sister Kathleen played for Harvard University, and her other older siblings, Sarah and Jacob also played for Cornell University and Dalhousie University. Rebecca’s younger brother Ryan is a freshman hockey player at Colgate University and her youngest brother Steven is working towards NCAA scholarships.
Rebecca Johnston has been a member of the Canadian National Women’s Team since the year 2007. She didn’t give much thought as to what she wanted to take throughout university, however she did know at a young age that she wanted to play for team Canada during the Olympics and represent her country. Hockey was her true passion, even though she played every sport you could think of growing up in Northern Ontario. Throughout her career with Hockey Canada, she won 2 gold medals and 5 silver medals at the Women’s World Hockey Championships and won 1 Olympic Gold medal in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Johnston won two gold medals with the National Women’s Under-22 Team at the Air Canada Cup. Rebecca made her debut at the 2008 IIHF World Women’s Championship, playing in all five games for Canada, winning a silver medal. Rebecca Johnston was a member of Canada’s Under-22 Team for 4 years starting in the year 2007. The U-22 participated in the MLP Cup, winning 3 gold medals and 1 silver medal with the team. In addition to the MLP Cup, Johnston played with the Canadian Senior Team in the Four Nations Cup between Nov. 4-9, 2009. Johnston was part of the silver medal winning team. In the gold medal game of the 2010 Four Nations Cup, Rebecca Johnston’s second goal of the game clinched the gold medal for Canada. The goal gave Canada a 3-2 win over the United States. It was Hockey Canada’s 12th championship in the tournament’s 15-year history. In the 2012 World Championships, she led all Canadian scorers in the tournament with four goals. In the game versus Russia at the 2012 IIHF Women’s World Championship, Johnston registered a five-point game (one goal, four assists) in a 14-1 victory. In the 2013 Women’s World Championships, Rebecca Johnston tallied 5 points in the tournament.
Rebecca Johnston participated in many sports and has represented local Sudbury teams in soccer, basketball and track & field. Despite very little specific training, Rebecca has competed at the national level in track & field as well, and placed third at the age of 16 in the Canadian Junior track and field championships in Sherbrooke Quebec, running a time of 55. 34 in the 400 meter distance. Her time was only 12/100ths of a second shy of earning a berth at the world junior track and field championships in China during the summer of 2007. She is also a five-time medalist in track and field at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association Championships.
Rebecca Johnston graduated with a Degree in Communications from Cornell University in Ithaca NY in 2012 and played hockey for the Cornell Big Red women’s hockey team. Her first year at Cornell University, she finished her rookie season with 16 goals and 16 assists in 26 games and was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and to the Ivy League First All-Star Team.
In 2008/09 Rebecca Johnston was a top ten finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award given to the top player in NCAA women’s hockey. In the same season, Rebecca was named Cornell MVP, second-team All-American and to the All-ECAC First Team after leading Cornell with 45 points.
One of two assistant captains for the Big Red in her junior year, Johnston picked up right where she left off before the Olympics, garnering a spot on the ECAC Hockey and Ivy League first teams, while also being named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award for the second time in her career. A true scorer before her season with the Canadian Olympic team, she developed a more well-rounded game and is a much more complete player on both ends of the ice. Johnston finished the season tied for the team lead in scoring, finishing with 50 points on a team-best 26 goals and 24 assists in 33 games. Dangerous even when not scoring, she earned a spot on the ECAC Hockey all-tournament team and was named First Team All-American.
She has become the team’s fifth leading scorer all-time and is the team’s leading scorer in the NCAA era (since 2000-01). Johnston earned ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and Ivy League Player of the Year honours in her final season and was a Patty Kazmaier Top 10 finalist for the third time in her Cornell Career. She was also named ECAC Hockey’s Player of the Month for January. She has been in the top 10 nationally for points per game all season. She finished her career by being named First-Team All-American for the first time in her career. She also won Cornell women’s hockey Bob Brunet ’41 Most Valuable Player Award in her senior year. At the end of her collegiate career, Rebecca won top Cornell Senior Female Athlete honours.
Rebecca’s highlight of her career was winning a gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Every since she was a little girl, playing hockey at the Olympics and representing her country was something she wanted to strive for. The love for the sport is what motivated and pushed her to accomplish her goal of someday representing her country at the Olympics.