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Don Johnson Bio

The year was 1930, the location was Halifax, Nova Scotia were Don Johnson was born. There was no minor hockey at the time, Johnson did play school hockey in his early days. He went on to St. Mary's High School and College where he continued to compete at both levels. Later, he coached both teams with the latter playing at the AUAA level. Johnson also played junior hockey at St. Mary's in Halifax. The next two seasons Johnson played with the Annapolis Valley's Middleton Maple Leafs, then he moved on to play with the Digby Ravens. Returning to Halifax in the 1950's, he laced up with the Fairview Aces of the Halifax Suburban Hockey League.

In the late 50's Johnson moved to Campbellton, New Brunswick where he helped the Tigers claim a provincial title during his second year with the team.

As an employee of the Bank of Nova Scotia, Johnson was transferred to St. John's, Newfoundland in December of 1959. He played senior hockey at the local level for two years. During this time his St. Pat's team won the historic Boyle Trophy both seasons (only the Stanley Cup is older than the Boyle Trophy). Johnson was an assistant coach with the St. John's Capitals when they won three consecutive provincial titles to claim the Herder Memorial Trophy.

After his playing and coaching days were over, Johnson was elected president of the St. John's Junior and Senior Hockey League and in the mid 60's was elected president of the Newfoundland Amateur Hockey Association where he would helped lead that province into union with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. In the 70's he was the first elected an officer of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA), and later was elected president of the national body, a position he held for two years.

During Johnson's term in office, the CAHA returned to international hockey and the Canada Cup, and helmets were made mandatory. He was an officer of the association for ten years and was elected an Honorary Life Member in 1982. v The first Don Johnson Cup was played in 1982 in Kensington P.E.I. Johnson had the privilege of presenting the trophy to his own son, who was the assistant captain for the winning Brother Rice Junior Celtics from St. John's Newfoundland. Robert Cousins was the organizer of the inaugural tournament and led the initiative to have the trophy named in honour of Don Johnson.




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