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4 Retired Numbers of the Johnstown Chiefs

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

The Johnstown Chiefs were a resurrection of professional hockey in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The team existed in the ECHL from 1988-89 to 2009-10 and were one of the charter members of the league. The franchise moved after 2009-10 to become the Greenville Road Warriors.

During the team’s time in Johnstown, four jersey numbers were retired in honour of players that played for the Johnstown Jets. The Jets existed from 1950-51 to 1976-77 and played in four different leagues (EAHL, IHL, EHL, NAHL). The Jets were five time Walker Cup champs in the Eastern Hockey League and won the Lockhart Cup as North American Hockey League playoff champ in 1974-75.

7 – Reg Kent

Number 7 was retired in 2009 to honour Reg Kent. Reg played for the Jets from 1965-66 to 1973-74, all in the EHL except for his final season which was in the NAHL. Over his Eastern Hockey League career in Johnstown, Reg played 528 regular season games, scoring 248 goals and assisting on 480 for 728 points. In his final season with the NAHL Jets, he played 74 games and totalled 86 points.

Kent led the EHL in assists in 1967-68 with 106 and finished third in points with 144. The following season he led again in assists with 96 and took the EHL scoring title with 138 points. In 1969-70, he fell to third in the EHL with a still impressive 125 points.

8 – Galen Head

Galen played with the Jets from 1967-68 to 1975-76 with exception of 1969-70 when he played for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the Western Hockey League. Head scored more than 50 goals and more than 100 points twice each during his short career. He led the EHL in 1968-69 with an impressive 67 goals. Galen played one NHL game with the Detroit Red Wings in 1967-68.

In 1973-74, Galen was the player / head coach of the Jets in the NAHL. That was his only stint as a head coach in pro hockey. However, he did return to Johnstown in 2004-05 for one season as assistant coach of the Chiefs. His number 8 was retired the year before in 2003.

9 – Don Hall

Hall played for the Jets from 1951-52 to 1961-62 and had three 100+ point seasons with the club. In 1953-54, when the team was in the IHL, Don led the league in assists with 67 and points with 110. Two years later, back in the EHL, Hall trailed teammate Dick Roberge by four points for the league lead with 114 points. In a lower scoring EHL in 1957-58, he led the league in assists with 59 and points with 93. Over his career with Johnstown in the IHL and EHL, Hall played 667 regular season games, scoring 393 goals and assisting on 586 for 979 points.

11- Dick Roberge

Dick Roberge is simply the Wayne Gretzky of minor professional hockey in North America. Dick played with the Jets from 1954-55 to 1971-72. He surpassed 100 points in a season an incredible ten times. He scored 50 or more in six seasons with two of those over 60. He played nearly 1,100 regular season games in the EHL, scoring over 700 and totalling nearly 1,700 points. He led the EHL in points three times and is known as the minor pro player with the most goals in history at 752.



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