Friends React To Chad Johnson News

Former players and friends of Chad Johnson reacted to the news of his death today on Twitter. Below are some of the posts and/or statements.

Paul LaDue, UND defenseman and Johnson’s nephew: “Extremely hard to process this loss. Chad was one of the best guys I have ever known, and I’m very thankful for the years I got to spend with him. He always brought a smile to everybody in the room, and he will be greatly missed by myself, and everyone who got the chance to meet him. He was a huge influence on me and I wouldn’t be where I am today without him, and that’s the same for a lot of players that played under him. You will never be forgotten and my thoughts and prayers go out to Jack and everyone involved. Rest in Peace.”

Dave Hakstol, former UND teammate of Johnson: “The UND hockey family has lost a great member. Chad had such a positive impact on everyone who knew him, including myself, his UND teammates, and the hundreds of kids who loved playing for him. We are all better for knowing him and we will miss his quick wit and genuine friendship. We will have Chad and his family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Skip Prince, USHL commissioner: “The USHL lost a member of its family last night. Chad Johnson was a talented and successful coach, as his record shows – but he also had a way of connecting to people which was special, from his players, to the fans in Lincoln and Fargo where he coached, to those of us here at the League office.  We will miss him, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Brian Lee, former UND player: “My thoughts and prayers go out to Chad Johnson’s family. He was a great coach and, more importantly, an even better guy. He will be missed”

Nick Oliver, St. Cloud State forward: “I had the privilege of playing for Chad Johnson. Not only was he a great coach but an even better person. Thoughts and prayers with his fam.”

Michael Bitzer, Stars goalie: “Thoughts and prayers go out to the Johnson family, Chad was a great coach & even better person! Always bringing a smile to the room #RIPChad”

Kevin Roy, Northeastern forward and former USHL MVP: “Sad and shocked to hear the news about Coach Johnson. He will be missed. My thoughts, prayers go to his family.”

Matt Hansen, Fargo Davies assistant coach: “Sad to hear about my former coach Chad Johnson. He taught me a lot in our first year in Helena and gave me a shot when very few others would”

Troy Stevens, former Union player: “Very sad to hear the news of the passing of my former teammate / roommate Chad Johnson. My thoughts & prayers go out to the Johnson family.”

Chris Fournier, former Stars player: “I’m shocked and saddened today. Coach Chad is the man who recruited me to Lincoln. My coach, my friend. Always a smile, always positive.”

Joe Rehkamp, St. Cloud State forward: “RIP coach Chad Johnson. Not only a great hockey coach but also one of the most genuine guys I’ve ever met. You will be missed”