Inducted November 6, 1982
Don Johnson’s main contribution to sport in Newfoundland has been on the hockey scene but he has also played major roles in softball, sailing, youth bowling and the Newfoundland and Labrador Amateur Sports Federation since he came here from Halifax in 1959.
A fine defenceman in his hockey playing days, Johnson moved to the administration aspect of hockey in 1963. He served as president of the St. John’s league, was provincial hockey president starting in 1965 and finally was elected president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association in 1975. His contribution to hockey has stretched from the local league all the way to the international scene at the World Hockey Championships.
Johnson’s contribution to softball on the local and provincial level was recognized by an honorary life membership in Softball Newfoundland. He is past commodore of the Terra Nova Yacht Club and was Newfoundland’s representative on the board of governors of the National Youth Bowling Council of Canada. He also served as the first treasurer of the Newfoundland Amateur Sports Federation when that body was founded in 1971.