Legionnaires name new bench boss and general manager
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.