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OTTAWA – Former Ravens men’s hockey head coach Marty Johnston made his NHL debut Tuesday, February 8, as the Winnipeg Jets blanked the Minnesota Wild 2-0 on home ice.
Johnston, of Gloucester, Ont., was recalled from the Manitoba Moose to support the Jets following the NHL All Star break. Johnston joined the Jets organization in 2017 as an assistant coach with the AHL’s Moose.
Johnston began coaching with the Ravens as an assistant in the 2007-08 season before receiving a promotion to head coach in 2010-11. After seven seasons of leading the Ravens, Johnston left Carleton as the all-time winningest head coach in the history of the men’s hockey program with a 129-49-12 (.678%) record. Johnston is in his fifth season within the Jets organization.
As the Carleton bench boss, Johnston led the Ravens to two U SPORTS University Cups in his final four seasons, including the school’s first berth in the modern era in 2013-14. Carleton won two OUA bronze medals in 2014 and 2016 under Johnston’s guidance. He was also named the OUA East Coach of the Year in 2014-15. Johnston represented Carleton at the international level as well, taking on the assistant coaching role with Canada’s FISU men’s hockey team that won a bronze medal at the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
A memorial cup champion in 1997 with the Hull (Gatineau) Olympiques, Johnston went on to win the AUS MVP in 2001-2002 as a member of the Dalhousie Tigers before playing a professional career that included 17 games in the AHL and 115 in the ECHL.