Le­gion­naires name new bench boss and gen­eral man­ager

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The Swift Cur­rent Home Hard­ware AAA Mid­get Le­gion­naires search for a new head coach and gen­eral man­ager has ended. The hockey club an­nounced Thurs­day that they have wel­comed Ja­son Johns to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Johns has been the head coach and as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager of the Thorhild Ti­tans of the North East­ern Al­berta Ju­nior B Hockey League for the past two sea­sons.

Prior to his time with the Ti­tans, he resided in Saska­toon where he had an ex­ten­sive his­tory within the Saskatchew­an Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion’s Sask First Pro­gram and has coached in ev­ery age group from Ini­ti­a­tion to Mid­get with Saska­toon Mi­nor Hockey.

“I think that it is a young or­ga­ni­za­tion that is on the verge of do­ing some­thing great,” said Johns. “I thought that there are a lot of pieces of the puz­zle there. We are look­ing just to fill the pieces that are miss­ing. I think that it is a great op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand my coach­ing hori­zon and help de­velop some kids for the next level.”

Johns, 40, is a mail car­rier for Canada Post and will be trans­fer­ring down to Swift Cur­rent along with his young fam­ily.

“I am a teach­ing coach. I think that lots of kids and their par­ents want to think that their kids know it all. Lots of kids have tal­ent, some­times they just don’t know how or when to use it right. I like to teach on the bench and on the ice. Most of the kids are ac­cept­ing of it, which is great. I am here to help them get to reach their po­ten­tial,” he ex­plained when asked about his coach­ing style.

Johns’ Ti­tans fin­ished in eighth spot in the NEAJBHL reg­u­lar sea­son with a 3-280-1 record be­fore be­ing elim­i­nated in three straight games by the top ranked Cold Lake Ice in the best-of­five quar­ter-fi­nals.

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