Johnstown Jets

The Johnstown Jets were a professional ice hockey team from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The Jets were founded in the Eastern Amateur Hockey League for the 1950–51 season, playing at the newly constructed Cambria County War Memorial Arena. The Jets won consecutive EHL championships in 1951–52 and 1952–53.

Johnstown Jets
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CityJohnstown, Pennsylvania
LeagueEAHL 1950–53
IHL 1953–55
EHL, 1955–73
NAHL 1973–77
Operated1950–1977
Home arenaCambria County War Memorial Arena
Championships
Regular season titlesEHL (4) (1950–51, 1951–52, 1959–60, 1963–64)
Division titlesEHL (4) (1950–51, 1951–52, 1959–60, 1963–64)
NAHL (1) (1975–76)
Playoff championshipsEHL (5) (1951–52, 1952–53, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62)
NAHL (1)
(1974–75)

When the EAHL suspended operations in 1953, the Jets transferred to the International Hockey League, where they played two seasons. Johnstown were Turner Cup finalists in 1953–54, losing four games to two, to the Cincinnati Mohawks.

In 1955, the Jets joined the Eastern Hockey League (a league founded from the EAHL), and won three consecutive EHL championships in 1959–60, 1960–61 and 1961–62. Johnstown remained in the league until its demise in 1973.

The Jets then joined the new North American Hockey League in 1973. Dick Roberge coached Johnstown to the Lockhart Cup championship 1974–75, defeating the Broome Dusters. That season's playoff run included the Carlson brothers, Jeff, Jack and Steve, who became the basis for the Hanson Brothers in the movie Slap Shot. Jeff and Steve Carlson portrayed their fictional selves in the movie, while former Jet Dave Hanson portrayed Jack. The Jets played four seasons total in the NAHL before the league folded in 1977. The team itself folded in the offseason, when the Johnstown flood of 1977 damaged the arena's ice making equipment.

Johnstown was later represented by the Johnstown Wings (later Red Wings) from 1978-80. The Red Wings folded after two seasons, but hockey returned to Johnstown in 1988 with the Johnstown Chiefs, which named itself after the Jets' fictional counterpart from Slap Shot.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Season League Games Won Lost Tied Points Winning % Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1950–51 EAHL 54 26 25 3 55 0.509 195 194 1st, EAHL
1951–52 EAHL 65 39 21 5 83 0.638 264 186 1st, EAHL
1952–53 EAHL 60 28 29 3 59 0.492 226 244 2nd, EAHL
1953–54 IHL 65 35 27 3 73 0.562 254 221 3rd, IHL
1954–55 IHL 60 25 34 1 51 0.425 188 215 5th, IHL
1955–56 EHL 64 32 32 0 64 0.500 312 298 4th, EHL
1956–57 EHL 64 31 33 0 62 0.484 320 290 4th, EHL
1957–58 EHL 64 31 30 3 65 0.508 228 225 4th, EHL
1958–59 EHL 64 33 28 3 69 0.539 252 223 2nd, EHL
1959–60 EHL 64 45 18 1 91 0.711 255 176 1st, South
1960–61 EHL 64 40 22 2 82 0.641 273 215 2nd, South
1961–62 EHL 68 41 26 1 83 0.610 296 255 2nd, North
1962–63 EHL 68 34 31 3 71 0.522 254 309 3rd, North
1963–64 EHL 72 41 26 5 87 0.604 297 245 1st, North
1964–65 EHL 72 41 31 0 82 0.569 330 294 3rd, North
1965–66 EHL 72 39 31 2 80 0.556 303 267 3rd, North
1966–67 EHL 72 34 36 2 70 0.486 267 290 3rd, North
1967–68 EHL 72 38 25 9 85 0.590 386 273 3rd, North
1968–69 EHL 72 42 23 7 91 0.632 358 230 2nd, North
1969–70 EHL 74 27 33 14 68 0.459 318 344 3rd, North
1970–71 EHL 74 30 29 15 75 0.507 273 297 3rd, North
1971–72 EHL 75 33 28 14 80 0.533 290 269 2nd, North
1972–73 EHL 76 36 28 12 84 0.553 283 255 2nd, North
1973–74 NAHL 74 32 38 4 68 0.459 265 303 5th, NAHL
1974–75 NAHL 74 38 32 4 80 0.541 274 255 4th, NAHL
1975–76 NAHL 74 47 25 2 96 0.649 346 257 1st, West
1976–77 NAHL 73 22 49 2 46 0.315 253 334 7th, NAHL

NHL alumniEdit

 
Jets logo in NAHL, 1976

List of Johnstown Jets who played in the National Hockey League, 46 in total.

League All-StarsEdit

The following players were named to the league's respective All-Star team, announced at the end of the season.

Year Player Position Team Total (with Jets)
1951-52 Ivan Wamsley Goalie First Team 1st nomination
Larry Archambeault Defense First Team 1st nomination
Skip Burchell Center First Team 1st nomination
Reggie Grigg Right Wing Third Team 1st nomination
1952-53 Ivan Wamsley Goalie Second Team 2nd nomination (1x First Team, 1x Second Team)
Don Hall Left Wing Second Team 1st nomination
1953-54 Don Hall Left Wing First Team 2nd nomination (1x First Team, 1x Second Team)
Arnie Schmaultz Right Wing Right Team 1st nomination
1954-55 Don Hall Left Wing First Team 3rd nomination (2x First Team, 1x Second Team)
John Horvath Center Second Team 1st nomination
1955-56 Don Hall Left Wing First Team 4th nomination (3x First Team, 1x Second Team)
Ken Coombes Center First Team 1st nomination
Dick Roberge Right First Team 1st nomination
Alex Zubatiuk Defense Second Team 1st nomination
1956-57 Don Hall Left Wing First Team 5th nomination (4x First Team, 1x Second Team)
Lloyd Ailsby Defense First Team 1st nomination
Ken Coombes Center First Team 1st nomination
1957-58 Don Hall Left Wing First Team 6th nomination (5x First Team, 1x Second Team)
Ken Coombes Center First Team 2nd nomination (2x First Team)
Dick Roberge Right Wing Second Team 2nd nomination (1x First Team, 1x Second Team)
Dave Lucas Defense Second Team 1st nomination
1958-59 Dick Roberge Right Wing First Team 3rd nomination (2x First Team, 1x Second Team)
Steve Brklacich Defense First Team First nomination
Don Hall Left Wing Second Team 7th nomination (5x First Team, 2x Second Team)
Jim Shirley Goalie Second Team 1st nomination
1959-60 Dick Roberge Right Wing First Team 4th nomination (3x First Team, 1x Second Team)
Ed Johnston Goalie First Team 1st nomination
Steve Brklacich Coach First Team 2nd nomination (1x First Team Defense, 1x First Team Coach)
Steve Brklacich Defense Second Team 3rd nomination (1x First Team Defense, 1x Second Team Defense, 1x First Team Coach)
Don Hall Left Wing Second Team 8th nomination (5x First Team, 3x Second Team)
Dave Lucas Defense Second Team 2nd nomination (2x Second Team)
Ken Coombes Center Second Team 3rd nomination (2x First Team, 1x Second Team)
1960-61 Dick Roberge Right Wing First Team 4th nomination (3x First Team, 1x Second Team)
Don Hall Left Wing Second Team 9th nomination (5x First Team, 4x Second Team)
Ken Laufman Center Second Team 1st nomination
Steve Brklacich Defense Second Team 4th nomination (1x First Team Defense, 2x Second Team Defense, 1x First Team Coach)
1961-62 Dick Roberge Right Wing First Team 5th nomination (4x First Team, 1x Second Team)
Ken Laufman Center First Team 2nd nomination (2x First Team)
John Lumley Left Wing First Team 1st nomination
Dave Lucas Defense First Team 3rd nomination (1x First Team, 2x Second Team)
1962-63 Butch Martin Coach First Team 1st nomination
Butch Martin Left Wing Second Team 2nd nomination (1x First Team Coach, 1x Second Team Left Wing)
Dave Lucas Defense Second Team 4th nomination (1x First Team, 3x Second Team)
1963-64 Dave Lucas Defense First Team 5th nomination (2x First Team, 3x Second Team)
Butch Martin Right Wing Second Team 3rd nomination (1x First Team Coach, 1x Second Team Left Wing, 1x Second Team Right Wing)
Butch Martin Coach Second Team 3rd nomination (1x First Team Coach, 1x Second Team Left Wing, 1x Second Team Right Wing, 1x Second Team Coach)
1964-65 Dick Roberge Right Wing First Team 6th nomination (5x First Team, 1x Second Team)
Dave Lucas Defense Second Team 6th nomination (2x First Team, 4x Second Team)
Bill Ives Left Wing Second Team 1st nomination
1965-66 Dick Roberge Right Wing First Team 7th nomination (6x First Team, 1x Second Team)
Dave Lucas Defense Second Team 7th nomination (2x First Team, 5x Second Team)
Dave Lucas Coach Second Team 8th nomination (2x First Team Defense, 5x Second Team Defense, 1x Second Team Coach)
Andy Brown Goalie Second Team 1st nomination
1966-67 Ralph McSweyn Right Wing First Team 1st nomination
Dick Roberge Right Wing Second Team 8th nomination (6x First Team, 2x Second Team)
1967-68 Reg Kent Center First Team 1st nomination
1968-69 Dick Roberge Coach First Team 9th nomination (6x First Team Right Wing, 2x Second Team Right Wing, 1x Coach)
Reg Kent Center First Team 2nd nomination (2x First Team)
Galen Head Right Wing First Team 1st nomination
1972-73 Ted Lanyon Defense Second Team 1st nomination

Most All-Star appearances

Player Appearances Notes
Don Hall 9
Dick Roberge 9 Includes one appearance as a coach
Dave Lucas 8 Includes one appearance as a coach
Steve Brklacich 4 Includes one appearance as a coach
Butch Martin 4 Includes one appearance as a coach.
Only player in Jets' history to be named to EHL All-Star team under two positions
Ken Coombes 3
Ken Laufman 2
Reg Kent 2
Ivan Wamsley 2

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