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Apr. 21, 2015

ABRAMS VILLAGE, P.E. – The Glace Bay Jr. Miners are preparing to represent Nova Scotia this week at the 2015 Don Johnson Cup Memorial Junior B Atlantic Championship. 

The Miners are one of five teams competing for Atlantic Canada’s Jr. B crown at the Evangeline Recreation Centre in Abrams Village, P.E. beginning April 21 and running until April 26. 

Joining the Miners at the event are the host team Western Red Wings. Prince Edward Island is represented by the Kensington Vipers who defeated Western in the provincial Island Junior Hockey League Championship. The Kensington Vipers captured the Don Johnson Memorial Cup twice in 2011 and 2013.

Moncton Jr. Vitos will represent Hockey New Brunswick at the tournament while the St. John’s Jr. Caps will represent Hockey Newfoundland.

For a full schedule and additional event information on the tournament, visit the official website at 2015 Don Johnson Cup

Follow the event on Twitter as well at @2015DonJohnson

All games will be broadcast on Bell Aliant Community One web stream. Games can be accessed by clicking here.

The Don Johnson Memorial Cup

The Don Johnson Memorial Cup, formerly the Don Johnson Cup, is the Junior B championship for Atlantic Canada.  Known for many years as the Don Johnson Cup, the trophy and championship is an honour to Mr. Johnson who was a pioneer of hockey not only in his native Newfoundland and Labrador, but also a pioneer of hockey across Canada. 

Don Johnson was President of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association from 1975-79, and had been an Honoured Life Member of Hockey Canada since 1982. 
One of the most beloved sports figures in Atlantic Canada, Johnson touched countless lives in almost 50 years involved in hockey, from his time as president of the St. John’s Senior Hockey League to his countless appearances at the Hockey Canada Annual General Meeting, where he made sure his voice was heard in discussions on how to make the game better.
In 1975, Johnson was elected president of the CAHA, and played a major role in Canada’s return to international competition in the late 1970s. He was instrumental in the creation of the Canada Cup and enhanced Canada’s reputation within international hockey, serving as chairman of the 1978 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal, the first World Juniors to be held in Canada, where he helped lay the groundwork for the holiday tradition as we know it today.
In addition to his Honoured Life Member status with Hockey Canada, Johnson was a Life Member of Hockey Newfoundland & Labrador, Softball Newfoundland & Labrador and Sport Newfoundland & Labrador, and is in the Newfoundland & Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame and Canada Games Council’s Hall of Honour.
With the passing of Don Johnson starting with the 2013 tournament, the trophy was renamed the "Don Johnson Memorial Cup". Johnson was a great friend of hockey and a tireless contributor to the game.

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