ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Since 1913, hockey players in St. Paul have been proudly putting on a jersey with the name “Johnson” stitched onto the front.
Saturday, current and alumni players from Johnson High School laced up their skates to celebrate the program’s longevity.
Johnson has gone to 22 state tournaments, winning four of them.
One of the school’s most notable graduates is hockey legend Herb Brooks, who coached the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team.
Players wore 1950’s-era uniforms Saturday as they played longtime rivals South St. Paul. The game was moved to Maplewood to accommodate the huge crowd.
Johnson’s Justin Howell scored a goal in the third period, but the South St. Paul struck back, spoiling the party with a 5-1 victory.
Watch the video above to see photojournalist Melissa Martz’s trip to Johnson’s 100 Years of Hockey Celebration.