Hockey fam­ily wel­comes Cal­gary Flames ad­di­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

With the Cal­gary Flames' most re­cent ac­qui­si­tion, there is one hockey fan in Drumheller who will be cheer­ing louder than most for their new goalie.

Chad John­son signed a one-year con­tract with the Flames in free agency af­ter a re­spectable sea­son with the Buf­falo Sabres post­ing a 2216-1 record with a 2.36 GAA. He is the son of Brenda John­son, nee Laslo, and grand­son of lo­cal res­i­dent Alice Laslo.

“That’s sure ex­cit­ing, you bet,” Alice told The Mail. “This will be the first year since he grad­u­ated col­lege from Alaska Fair­banks, that he will be play­ing in Canada.”

In fact, he will be play­ing in his home­town, where as a young­ster he grew up see­ing the jer­seys of Mike Ver­non, Rick Wam­s­ley, Trevor Kidd and Mi­ikka Kipru­soff on the ice or in the rafters of the Sad­dle­dome.

“It’s been a dream since I can re­mem­ber to be a part of the Flames or­ga­ni­za­tion. I grew up here in Cal­gary. It’s very sur­real,” said Chad. “The home­town thing for me and where the team is at and my role and op­por­tu­nity was just too over-powering for me to go some­where else.”

While he has been on ros­ters through­out the NHL, Alice says he al­ways comes home to Cal­gary to train in the off-sea­son.

“It’s nice to be play­ing on a home team for sure, but for a young fella start­ing out, just to get a chance to be able to play on a team would be very ex­cit­ing,” said Alice, who saw her grand­son play in the Sad­dle­dome last De­cem­ber, as re­ported in The Mail.

His mother Brenda says the whole fam­ily is ex­cited.

“We can’t even put into words how happy we are for him,” said Brenda. “How of­ten do you get to play in your home­town. It’s nice we don’t have to travel to see him play.”

She adds that Chad is also a new­ly­wed as of June.

The Flames home opener is Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 14 ver­sus the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers.

“Hope­fully every­one will be able to come down for it,” said Brenda. “We will be so proud to see him in a Flames jer­sey.”

Chad John­son... Flames goalie

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