- Bern Tobin, St. John's Junior Hockey League
- May 14, 2012 - 21:39
I want to relate a funny story about Don Johnson and the humor of this great man.. Some years ago I attended an HNL Annual General Meeting. If you were in the hotel and went looking for Don Johnson you may find him catching a nap in one of the most comfortable sofas in Nfld. Sure enough I did and sure enough he was siiting on one of those sofas. I sat down to talk with him when I heard the sound of snoring. I was afraid to move for fear of awakening him. After a short period of time I must have dozed off myself because I was brought back to reality by a poke in the ribs. Don had awakened and without losing a beat he said, "Bernie Tobin, you are the first man I ever slept with." When Don Johnson enters the realm of Heaven he will head up a committee to be sure that all Newfoundland Hockey Players are never turned away. The League sends it's paryers and condolences to the Johnson Family. The St. John's Junior Hockey League will sadly miss one of the League's best friends. R.I.P.
- John Gardner
- May 14, 2012 - 19:08
I first had the privilege of meeting Don Johnson when he became the last volunteer President of the CAHA (now Hockey Canada) and a friendship and respect developed ever since. While he might have had different points of view, he was still one of the greatest individuals in hockey. In fact, Don was the conscience of Hockey Canada and his blood likely came from an assortment of pucks and hockey sticks. As sad as his loss is, people should rejoice in his life and all the good he brought the sport. Amen.
- May 14, 2012 - 08:48
I never met Mr. Johnson but at the recent Sport NL Hall of Fame induction ceremony where my Dad was inducted to the Hall of Fame we were fortunate to have Mr. Johnson present. He was introduced and the room immediately broke into applause. Mr. Johnson stood to acknowledge the applause and you could feel the man's presence. At the age of 82 he was still a major presence in our provincial sporting world. As a huge hockey fan and long time participant I am thankful and proud that Don Johnson represented our province and country in the hockey world. He certainly made the game better. My condolences go out to his family and friends upon his passing on Saturday morning. RIP Mr. Johnson. I am sure the hockey world in heaven is now a much better place.
- May 14, 2012 - 08:35
- Doug Fowler
- May 14, 2012 - 07:59
No scale will be ever able to weight the contribution made to the sport community by Don Johjson. His contribution and personality will forever remain in the sands of time. God Bless, Don. You will be much missed but always remembered. Good night and rest in peace