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Circa Late 1970s University of Wisconsin Badgers Practice Jersey Autographed by Badger Bob and Mark Johnson Badger Bob Deceased
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Circa Late 1970s University of Wisconsin Badgers Practice Jersey Autographed by Badger Bob and Mark Johnson Badger Bob Deceased
Lot #334

This white mesh practice jersey by Bob McCarthy was worn by an unknown University of Wisconsin player circa the late 1970’s during practice sessions. This size XL jersey has been beautifully autographed in black sharpie by legendary Coach and Hall of Famer Bob Johnson and his son, 1980 Olympic Hero, Mark Johnson.

Mark Johnson starred for the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team where he scored a pair of goals in the Miracle on Ice game in Lake Placid against the Soviet Union. Mark represented Team USA in a pair of Olympics, as well as numerous other international competitions. Johnson played his collegiate hockey at the University of Wisconsin under his father Coach Bob Johnson. Mark was a two-time All American who led the Badgers to an NCAA Championship as a Freshman. Mark went on to become the school’s leading goal scorer and second all-time scorer and was named 1979 WCHA Most Valuable Player. In 2019 Johnson became the first Wisconsin Badger to have his number retired when they raised his #10 to the rafters. Johnson also enjoyed a successful NHL career that spanned 11 seasons and saw him eclipse the 30-goal mark a couple of times. He was an NHL All Star who represented the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars, Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils. Mark Johnson won the 2011 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001 as well as the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.

Coach Badger Bob Johnson spent 11 seasons behind the bench at the University of Wisconsin. During that time, he won three NCAA Championships and also coached the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team. In 1982, Badger Bob took over the reins for the Calgary Flames where he coached for five seasons that included a trip to their first ever Stanley Cup Finals in 1986. Johnson returned to the coaching ranks in 1990-91 when he guided the Pittsburgh Penguins to their first ever Stanley Cup Championship. Merely months later, Badger Bob tragically passed away from Brain Cancer. Coach Johnson is a member of the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame, inducted in 1987; the U.S Hockey Hall of Fame, inducted in 1991; and the Hockey Hall of Fame, inducted in 1992.