Growing up in Sudbury, Ontario, Rebecca grew up in a hockey environment, with all 5 of her siblings playing hockey. She has three brothers and two sisters and at one point there were four of them playing on the same outdoor hockey team. Her older sisters,Kathleen and Sarah, played hockey for Harvard University and Cornell University respectively. The oldest brother Jacob, played at Dalhousie University, and is currently playing in Denmark for the Odense Bulldogs. Her second youngest brother, Ryan, is currently playing in Sweden for Lulea HF after being in the Montreal Canadian's system. Steven, the youngest brother is currently playing at Dalhousie University.
Growing up, Rebecca participated in many sports and represented local Sudbury teams in soccer, basketball and track & field. Despite very little specific training, she competed at the national level in track & field. At the age of 16, she placed third in the Canadian Junior track and field championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec, running a time of 55. 34 seconds in the 400 meter distance. Her time was only 12/100ths of a second shy of earning a berth at the world junior track and field championships in China during the summer of 2007. Rebecca was also a five-time medalist in track and field at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association Championships.
In 2012, Rebecca graduated with a Degree in Communications from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and played hockey for the Cornell Big Red women’s hockey team. In 2008/09, 2010/11, and 2011/2012, she was a top ten finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award given to the top player in NCAA women’s hockey. She finished her career by being named First-Team All-American for the first time in her career:also winning the Cornell women’s hockey Bob Brunet ’41 Most Valuable Player Award in her senior year. At the end of her collegiate career, she won top Cornell Senior Female Athlete honours.
Rebecca has played for the Calgary Inferno in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, for three seasons- winning the Clarkson Cup in 2014/2015, where she was MVP and Angela James winner (leading scorer).
Rebecca Johnston has been a member of the Canadian National Women’s Team since the year 2007. Hockey is her true passion and knew at a young age that she wanted to play for team Canada during the Olympics and represent the country. Throughout her career with Hockey Canada, she has won 2 gold medals and 8 silver medals at the Women’s World Hockey Championships and is a 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist in the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games and an Olympic Silver Medalist at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang. Rebecca is currently training full time with the Calgary Inferno in the CWHL as well as the National Team in preparation for the upcoming World Championships.