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INDUCTEE 2011 - BUILDER - Elwood "Woody” Johnson


 


Coach Minor Hockey & Fastball - 1983-2011
Four Provincial Hockey Titles
Fundraiser Co-ordinator


Woody Johnson has been a major force for sports in the Winfield area.  Throughout the years he has dedicated himself to the enjoyment of sports for many people and athletes.  Woody has volunteered, coached, hosted and organized numerous events and has contributed innumerable hours to the betterment of sports for the community.  It is because of this commitment to young people through sport that Woody is being inducted into the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame.

Woody has always recognized the benefits received by participating in sports. He grew up in Breton and as a youngster played hockey, fastball and basketball.  As a young man he played senior hockey in the Chinook League for the Innisfail Eagles (1972-73) as well as playing and coaching the Breton Eagles in the Oilfield Senior Baseball League (1970-1975). When he began teaching in Winfield in 1975 he played hockey for the Winfield Warriors in the Wetaskiwin Senior League (1975-1980).

 Instrumental in Rejuvenating
Winfield Hockey Program

Before his involvement in the hockey community of Winfield, Woody coached minor hockey for a couple of years in Breton (1969-1971) and coached a Junior Girls’ fastball team in Winfield (1983-1987).  However it was in 1994-1995 that Woody and a few local parents whose children were playing hockey rejuvenated the Winfield Hockey Program. They drafted a new set of bylaws and established more formal protocols and procedures.  The “Mighty Ducks” were born and many great things were about to happen to the small town of Winfield.  Woody’s two sons were at the Atom and Peewee levels and Woody volunteered to help coach their teams. During the boys playing years he split his coaching time between their two levels until they were both at the Midget level.  He coached these teams to numerous provincial titles including: the 1998 Bantam B Championships, the 2000 Bantam D Championships, the 2001 and 2002 Midget D Championships as well as the 2001 Bantam D Silver Medal.  Woody’s teams won six zone championships as well as four tier 2 North Central Minor Hockey Association titles.  For the last few years Woody has coached the Initiation Ducks, helping to get the new generation of “Mighty Ducks” off to a good start.  Besides coaching, Woody contributes by volunteering in the administration of the sport.  Currently he is the Governor for the NCMHA Midgets and was governor for the Bantams from 2006 through 2008. 

Driving force in Major Fundraising Ventures for Hockey

Woody has also been the driving force in one of the Winfield Minor Hockey Association’s major fundraising ventures.  For the last 12 years, Woody and his volunteers have raised considerable amounts of money through a woodcutting program for the County of Wetaskiwin to supply wood for its campgrounds.    Woody maintains and sharpens the saws and organizes people and dates for countless cords of wood to be cut, split and piled for use.  Woody has been known to be the only one at the pile on some days, cutting wood so young boys and girls can utilize the great hockey program in Winfield.  Money raised has been used for numerous and extensive improvements and upgrades to the Winfield Arena as well as skill development clinics, officiating clinics, coaches clinics, uniforms, integrating of power skating and helping pay for ice rental, officiating and other administrative costs.  As the principal of Winfield Elementary School, Woody has been able to “recruit” players from the school who might never have been able to afford to play. Woody always found the resources and equipment that enabled them to participate.

Woody has always been a positive motivator in other sports as well.  During his time as principal at the Winfield Elementary School, he always hosted a Track and Field Day.  Breton and Alder Flats Elementary Schools were also invited to attend.  Woody showed great enthusiasm and created excitement in the students, teachers and volunteers.  Some years the other schools decided not to attend but Woody still hosted a track day for his school.  The dedication he showed for this event was appreciated by many.

Without the contributions of Woody Johnson, the hockey success of the small town of Winfield could not have been so great.  Because of his positive influence, enthusiasm, sacrifices, skills and successes,  Woody is more than worthy of being inducted into the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame. 
 

 







 
 

 

 

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