PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – With the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game set to take place this Thursday, Sept. 26, former Penguin and coach of Team White, Mark Johnson joined Starkey, Miller and Mueller to talk about the game and his very interesting career as a player.
When it comes to his playing career, Johnson says the two goals he scored against the USSR in the 1980 Lack Placid Olympics rank right up there as one of the best moments.
“As you look back, obviously, that game and that experience is something that comes right to the forefront,” Johnson said. “You don’t get many opportunities to, one, participate in the Olympic games and represent your country and be lucky enough to walk away with a gold medal. There’s a bunch of things that stick out. I remember my first game in Pittsburgh coming out of Lake Placid.
While discussing the Prospect game, Johnson talks about the way hockey has grown across the United States and if anyone could have seen this coming.
“I think this game in itself sort of gives an indication of where U.S.A hockey and the growth of our sport has really shot up here,” said Johnson. “To bring 40 players in, obviously they’re talented players, but at the same time I think the growth that we’ve seen in a lot of different areas that you wouldn’t normally see hockey speaks well for the sport.”
Johnson also spoke about the style USA hockey is developing and the direction the professional game is headed.