Calgary, Alta – Dec. 3, 2018 – Rebecca Johnston has been named captain of the Calgary Inferno for the 2018-19 Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) season.
It’s the first time Johnston has worn the captain’s “C” in her four seasons playing with the team. She previously wore an alternate’s “A” in the 2016-17 season.
“It’s a huge honour to be captain of this team,” Johnston said. “There’s so much talent on this team, a lot of leadership.”
Johnston has an impressive resume. She’s a three-time Olympian with two gold medals and a silver (2010, 2014, 2018) and has represented Canada at numerous World Cup events. She was drafted into the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) in 2012 and played her first season with the Toronto Furies. She’s played in two CWHL All-Star games (2015 and 2017), won the Clarkson Cup with the Inferno in 2016 and in 2015 was named the CWHL MVP and received the Angela James Bowl for the most points in a season.
“Any one of us could have been the captain. Everyone looks up to a lot of the girls on the team, so it’s an honour to be picked, and it’s going to be easy because there’s a lot of great leaders on the team, so I’ll have a lot of help for sure.”
Johnston is definitely up there among the Inferno’s long list of leaders, particularly on the scoreboard: with eight goals and 17 points through 12 games so far this season, she’s the Inferno’s leading scorer and top three in the league. Playing in all situations on the ice – even strength, powerplay, and penalty kill, game in and game out – Johnston intends to keep up the same style of play that’s brought both her and her league-leading Inferno so much success to start this season.
“I’ll just stick with the same thing and try to lead by example on the ice,” added the Cornell grad. “That’s kind of what I’ve been doing this past season, just trying to lead by example, and I’ll continue to do that.”
Joining Johnston as team leaders for the Inferno are Zoe Hickel, Brianne Jenner, Brianna Decker, and Blayre Turnbull. Hickel and Jenner will wear alternate’s “A”s at every home game, while Decker and Turnbull will receive the letter on the road.