One of the province’s most respected sports administrators died Saturday morning.
Don Johnson of St. John’s passed away following a brief hospital stay.
A member of a number of provincial Halls of Fame, including the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame, Johnson was mainly known for his involvement in hockey.
Following his playing days with St. Pat’s in the old St. John’s senior league, Johnson went on to serve as league president and eventually was elected president of the Newfoundland Amateur Hockey Association in 1965.
Ten years later, he became the first from Newfoundland to take over the top post in Canadian hockey when he was elected president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association.
His contribution to hockey has stretched from the local St. John’s league all the way to the World Hockey Championships.
Along the way, he served on the organizing committees for the Canada Cup tournaments and was chairman of the 1978 world junior hockey championship in Montreal.
In addition to hockey, Johnson is in the Canada Games Council’s Hall of Honour, is a former member of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame selection committee, is an honourary life member of both Softball Newfoundland and Labrador and Sport Newfoundland and Labrador and is in Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador’s Hall of Fame.
Funeral arrangements are pending.