Bringing plenty of college hockey experience as both a player and a coach, Justin Johnson begins his fifth season on the Gophers' staff as a volunteer goaltending coach.
A four-year letterwinner for the Gophers from 2001-05, Johnson was also a volunteer assistant coach at St. Cloud State from 2006-08.
The 2012-13 season saw Johnson guide freshman Adam Wilcox to one of the best seasons ever by a Gopher rookie netminder. Wilcox earned Third Team All-WCHA honors after setting a new Minnesota goals against average record (1.88, first in the WCHA, sixth in the nation). The freshman also tied Kellen Briggs' Gopher rookie wins record of 25.
In 2011-12, Minnesota goaltender Kent Patterson set a program-record seven shutouts in one season under the tutelage of Johnson. Patterson would end his career with a .913 save percentage (first in program history) and a 2.45 goals-against average (tied for first in program history).
Johnson posted a 2.88 goals-against average and 22-8-3 career record during his four seasons with the Gophers. He was named to the all-tournament team at the 2003 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five after stopping 50 of 54 shots, including a career-best 36 saves in the title game victory against Colorado College. Johnson played for the Gophers' consecutive national championship teams, including a regional championship game victory against Ferris State as a sophomore on the way to the 2003 title. He was a three-time recipient of the team's community service award.
Johnson played his prep hockey at Blaine High School where he was a two-time all-conference selection and earned honorable mention all-state accolades as a senior. Johnson helped the Bengals to the state tournament consolation game. He played one year in the USHL with the Lincoln Stars.
Following his collegiate career, Johnson graduated from Minnesota in 2005 with a major in psychology. In addition to his coaching duties, Johnson serves as USA Hockey's Minnesota District Associate Goalie Coach-in-Chief.
Johnson is the founder of MEGA Goaltending -- a Midwest based goalie training and resource company that works with goalies, coaches and associations of all sizes and skill levels. Johnson is also owner of Minnesota-based training and guidance companies FHIT Hockey and its prestigious programs The MAP and R4. He has published two interactive books a customized preparation manual for goalies titled "GameDay," and an eBook titled "The Fundamentals of Goaltending". In addition to these works, this fall Johnson will be releasing the world's first goalie training App titled Read and React, which challenges goalies to anticipate a player's shot placement at various speeds.
Johnson resides in Brooklyn Park with his wife Ashley and their two children, Payton (3) and newborn Zoey.