Hockey Happenings for 1-22-18

The hockey world is mourning the passing of Jim Johannson, the assistant executive director of USA Hockey who passed away early Sunday.
USA Hockey issued the following statement on Sunday.

Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of USA Hockey and the general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team, passed away in his sleep early this morning at his home in Colorado Springs.

Johannson, born March 10, 1964, in Rochester, Minnesota, had a life-long career in hockey and was one of the most accomplished and respected people in the sport.

“We are beyond shocked and profoundly saddened,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “As accomplished as Jim was in hockey, he was the absolute best, most humble, kind and caring person you could ever hope to meet. His impact on our sport and more importantly the people and players in our sport have been immeasurable. Our condolences go out to his entire family, but especially to his loving wife Abby and their young daughter Ellie.”

Johannson came to USA Hockey in 2000 after spending five years (1995-2000) as the general manager of the Twin Cities Vulcans, a Junior A team in the United States Hockey League. Under his guidance, the Vulcans captured the 2000 USA Hockey Junior A National Championship in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Johannson began his career at USA Hockey as manager of international activities and U.S. Olympic Committee relations, was promoted to senior director of hockey operations on August 5, 2003, and on June 25, 2007, assumed the position of assistant executive director of hockey operations, where he had oversight of all in-sport related initiatives, including USA Hockey’s efforts in putting teams on the field of play for international competition.

Among the numerous accomplishments during his tenure, the most significant include U.S. teams capturing 64 medals in major international competition, including 34 gold, 19 silver and 11 bronze; the launching and implementation of the highly acclaimed American Development Model; and securing USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, as a home for all U.S. teams to utilize.

“Jim’s positive influence was enormous and will be felt for generations to come,” said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. “He was widely respected across the world and his genuine nature helped advance our sport in so many ways. Today, we are a medal contender every time we put a team on the ice for international competition, and he played a major role in helping us get to that point. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his entire family. It’s a sad day for all of us.”

“There are few like Jimmy,” said Ron DeGregorio, chairman of the board of USA Hockey. “Our sport was so lucky to have him. He was as good of a person you’ll meet and he played such a significant role in helping move our sport forward. Today is a tough day for everyone. To Abby and Ellie and the entire Johannson family, our thoughts and prayers are with you today and always.”

Johannson played college hockey at the University of Wisconsin from 1982-86 and helped the Badgers capture the NCAA title as a freshman. He was selected by the Hartford Whalers in the 7th round (130th overall) of the 1982 NHL Draft and went on to play 374 games of professional hockey between 1987-94 in the International Hockey League where he registered 279 points, including 119 goals.

He twice played for the U.S. in the Olympic Winter Games (1988, 1992) and was also a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team that participated in the 1992 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

Playoff Ponderings

It’s official. The Class 2A playoff pairings and seedings in the SHSHL will be determined strictly on a points basis. For playoff purposes, all 12 teams are in one division.

Here are the top eight in points through last week’s games (divisional results only)

W-L-T Pts

Central Bucks South       7-0-0   14

Council Rock South          6-0-1   13

Pennridge                           5-1-0  10

Council Rock North           4-3-1   9

North Penn                          4-1-0  8

Central Bucks West           4-3-0  8

Central Bucks East             3-4-0  6

Souderton                            2-4-0  4

William Tennent                 1-5-2  4

Neshaminy                           1-6-1  3

Truman                                  0-3-1  1

Pennsbury                              0-7-0  0


Our thanks to the administration and staff at Holy Ghost Prep for their support

Holy Ghost Prep is a private, Catholic, all-boys school located in Bensalem, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Located adjacent to the busy I-95 corridor in metropolitan Philadelphia, Holy Ghost Prep attracts students from more than 100 elementary feeder schools from throughout metropolitan Philadelphia counties and New Jersey

Today is a vibrant community of nearly 500 young men preparing for college and adult life through a challenging program which stresses the cultivation of students’ unique gifts and talents, academic excellence, and generous service to the poor. We continue to be mindful of our founding history as a seminary as we seek to form young men morally, intellectually, and spiritually in the Spiritan tradition.


Like Father Like Son

We’ve always enjoyed the play-by-play work of Dan Kelly on Big Ten Network hockey telecasts. The sport is in his blood.

His father, Dan Kelly, was the longtime voice of the St. Louis Blues. He was also the voice of CBS when the network began televising hockey following the 1967 expansion that brought the Flyers, the Blues, and four other teams into existence (the Los Angeles Kings, the California Seals, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Minnesota North Stars). In that role, he taught a lot of Americans about hockey. In addition to his work for CBS he called games for an assortment of other networks.

Until his death in February of 1989 from lung cancer at age 52, Kelly set the standard for hockey broadcasters in this country.

He also called University of Missouri football games on the radio and was outstanding in that role as well.

The Flyers are Coming

The Flyers Alumni team is coming to Grundy Arena this coming Saturday to take on the Glaziers 252. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door.


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