GFYHA Announcement – New Hockey Director
I would like to take this opportunity to announce that Steve Johnson has been named the new Hockey Director for the Grand Forks Youth Hockey Association. Steve will begin his work with GFYHA on Monday, August 25, 2014. Steve will have an office in the Grand Forks Park District building until the new GFYHA office at the Icon Sports Center is completed this fall.
Steve is a resident of Grand Forks and has an extensive history as a coach and administrator in the game of hockey, including the following:
w Assistant Coach at University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC)
w Assistant Coach at St. Cloud State University (WCHA)
w Head Coach and General Manager with Fargo Force (USHL)
w Head Coach and General Manager with Lincoln Stars (USHL)
w Assistant Coach – 2001 Team USA National Under 18 Team
w Head Coach – 2002 Team USA National Under 18 Team
w Assistant Coach at University of North Dakota (WCHA)
w Head Coach, Grafton-Park River High School
w Assistant Coach, Central High School
As a player, Steve was the captain of one of Central High School’s State Championship teams, a State Scoring Champion, and an MVP at the North Dakota State Hockey Tournament. Following high school, Steve was a member of the UND hockey program from 1984-1988 and a member of UND’s 1987 National Championship team. Steve was a member of the WCHA All-Academic Team in 1985, 1986, and 1987. In 1988 while at UND, Steve was a runner-up for the Hobey Baker Award; a 1st Team All-American; the WCHA Student Athlete of the Year; and the national scoring leader. Following his collegiate playing career, Steve signed an NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks and played professional hockey for the Canucks affiliates in Milwaukee and Phoenix of the International Hockey League.
Steve and his wife Nancy have three children and reside in Grand Forks.
We had a great pool of applicants and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who expressed interest in the position. Steve is going to be a great addition to the youth hockey program in Grand Forks and we look forward to working with him on growing and improving the youth hockey experience for all of the kids in our community.
By making a gift of $1,000 you will:
· Make an investment in the lives of youth hockey & figure skaters!
· Receive a tax deduction of $250 (for a 25% tax rate) depending on your tax bracket.
· Enjoy a wonderful sense of pride knowing you helped to build a new youth ice arena!!