I just got this press release from Swift Current Minor Hockey…
On behalf of the Swift Current Minor Hockey Board and the Home Hardware Midget AAA Legionnaires, I would like to introduce Jason Johns as the new Head Coach and Manager of the hockey club.
Jason comes to us from the Thorhild Titans of NEAJBHL (North Eastern Alberta Jr. B Hockey League) where he was Head Coach and Asst. General Manager for the past 2 seasons. Prior to that he was residing in Saskatoon. He has an extensive history of various coaching positions within the Saskatchewan Hockey Association’s Sask First Program as well as every age group from Initiation to Midget in Saskatoon Minor Hockey. He has taken numerous clinics and holds many other high level coaching certificates. He not only stresses the on-ice performance of the teams he coaches, but also holds players accountable for their academic responsibilities as well as community involvement.
I would like to encourage the citizens and members of the hockey community to introduce themselves to Jason, and welcome him and his family to our city.
S.C.M.H.A. received several excellent applications for both of these positions. An independent committee was assembled to go over the resumes and conduct interviews with a few of the candidates. They then put forth their recommendation to the S.C.M.H.A. Board. We are entirely confident that we have appointed the best candidate for these positions.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Kim Bachek, the S.C.M.H.A. Legionnaire Rep., for his tireless efforts over the past 3 months. Also, to Tim Tisdale for stepping in since late November to volunteer his time in keeping the day-to-day operations running smoothly. I would especially like to thank the two Assistant Coaches, Sheldon Reinhart and Todd Horning, for sticking it out with this team after a challenging period in their season. I know the kids you coached appreciated it.
Johns took the Titans to a 3-28-0-1 record and a first round playoff exit this season. The franchise is still relatively new as this was just their third in the NEAJBHL.
Good luck to Jason. I hope he can get the Legionnaires back to the playoffs. I’ll try to track him down today to get some comments on the new gig.
I echo Swift Current Minor Hockey’s sentiment that Reinhart, Hornung, Tisdale and the volunteers deserve a lot of credit for stepping up in a tough situation this year. Now that the transition is over with hopefully the Legionnaires will be on stable footing going forward.