Meet Mike Johnston

Don was kind enough to put together this bio of Mike Johnston, since he’s the first person to be publicly named as a potential candidate. I get the impression that people don’t know a lot about Johnston. He’s a very pleasant guy but has kept a fairly low profile as associate coach since 2006. Here’s a bit of his history…




Associate Coach, L.A. Kings (2006-current)
Associate Coach, Vancouver Canucks (1999-2006)
Assistant Coach, Team Canada (World Championships, 2006)
General Manager/Associate Coach, Team Canada (1994-1999)
Head Coach, Team Canada (1998-1999)
Assistant Coach, Canadian Olympic Team (1998)
Head Coach, University of New Brunswick (1989-1994)

Holds a Master’s degree in Coaching Science.

In 2004 he co-authored “Simply the Best: Insights and Strategies from
Great Hockey Coaches,” (link) and then the 2007 follow-up, “Simply the Best:
Players on Performance.” (link)

Simply the Best homepage

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  • anthony

    What the hell – give him a shot.

  • Mark

    I like Mike Johnson as a potential coach but do we need another quiet person handling the team? We need

  • crazy

    Call me crazy, but I don’t see how hiring Marc Crawford’s Asst Coach for the past nine years is doing anything to resolve the problem.

  • Shakes

    what the hell is “Coaching Science” and how does one get a Master’s Degree in that?

  • Ed

    Andy Murray II

  • Moondoggie

    Impressive resume’ for a non-NHLer….Good tournament/national/international experience, well respected and already a King….He’s getting the first interview, my guess, the Kings already have their guy….Welcome Coach Johnston, so long Crow….

  • I really don’t care about the Kings, but Bob Miller rocks!!!!

    Johnston is likely to end up, as early as next week, as the next coach of the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League.

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