Associate Coach - 2006-08
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Mike Johnston served two seasons (2006-08) as an Associate Coach under former head coach Marc Crawford with the Kings. He was named to his position on July 10, 2006 and it was announced on Aug. 4, 2008 that he would not be returning to the Kings under new head coach Terry Murray.
Prior to joining the Kings, Johnston most recently served as Associate Coach in Vancouver from 1999-2006, where he played a major role in the team’s development while working with Crawford. In 2004, after a second consecutive 100-point season and a third straight campaign with more than 40 wins, the Canucks captured the Northwest Division championship - the first division title for the franchise since the 1992-93 season.
In May of 2007, Johnston was an assistant coach for Canada at the World Championships in Moscow where Canada -- for the first time in 73 years -- went undefeated (9-0) in winning the gold medal. This was Johnston’s second World Championship after winning in Helsinki in 1997 and his fourth medal at that level (bronze in 1995 and silver in 1996).
Internationally, Johnston worked for Team Canada for five seasons from 1994-99 serving in the capacity of general manager and associate coach and finally head coach for the 1998-99 season. He was with Crawford as an assistant coach at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. In addition to the championships, at the senior level, Johnston has won three gold medals as head coach for Canada at the prestigious Spengler Cup Tournament and two World Junior Championships as an assistant coach in 1994 and 1995.
A career coach, Johnston initially started at the College and University level in Canada. He coached college hockey in Alberta for five seasons before becoming the head coach of the University of New Brunswick from 1989 - 1994, winning two McAdam Division titles, three first-place finishes and an overall record of 77-44-6. He was named the 3M Coach of the Year in 1994 and won the Telegraph Journal Coach of the Year Award in 1993.
Born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Johnston holds a Master’s degree in Coaching Science and he recently co-authored the book “Simply The Best - Insights and Strategies From Great Hockey Coaches.” Johnston has presented at major international conferences in Russia, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, and Sweden.