Marty Johnston will be entering his eighth season as head coach of, and eleventh overall with, Carleton’s men’s hockey program in 2017-18. Hired in the summer of 2010 as the second coach in modern program history, Johnston has led Carleton to a 129-49-12 (.678%) record since taking over the Ravens.
Coach Johnston has led the Ravens to two U SPORTS University Cups in the past four seasons, including the school’s first berth in the modern era in 2013-14 (Saskatoon, SK), followed by a second time in 2015-16 (Halifax, NS).
The 38-year-old Johnston owns an impressive resume as a player in junior, collegiate, and professional hockey. At the junior level, Johnston won a Memorial Cup (1996-97) with the Hull Olympiques (now Gatineau Olympiques) of the QMJHL. He then served as Hull’s captain for two seasons (1997-99) before moving to the collegiate game with the Dalhousie Tigers. Johnston captained the Tigers in two of his three seasons at Dalhousie, earning multiple all-star nominations and league MVP honours in 2001-02. After graduating from Dal in just three years with a double major in Political Science and English, Johnston appeared in 166 pro games from 2002 to 2005.
After calling it quits on his playing career at age 26, Johnston returned home to the Ottawa region in hopes of beginning a new family-oriented chapter. A chance meeting with then-Carleton head coach Fred Parker then led to Johnston’s appointment as assistant coach in March of 2007.
On the international level, Johnston was an assistant coach with the Canadian men’s hockey team that captured a bronze medal at the 2017 FISU Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Coach Johnston holds a High Performance II certification with Hockey Canada.
Today, Johnston spends nearly all of his time away from the rink with his young family. He lives in Ottawa with his wife Roxanne and children Abigail and Murphy.