NLAA
Hall of Fame

Arthur Johnson

Category: Builder
Inducted: Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Place of Birth: St. John's

A lifetime of working for sport, especially hockey and track and field, resulted in the election of Arthur Johnson to the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame.

During his time at McGill University, he was the school’s bantam boxing champion and runner-up for the 1920 national intercollegiate crown. He was also prominent in the Y.M.C.A. and several fitness programs during the 1920’s and 1930’s.

While he served as secretary of the Newfoundland Amateur Hockey Association for 14 years, Arthur Johnson also provided a great service to hockey by the excellent manner in which he managed the Prince’s Rink for the Guards Athletic Association.

This service was extremely important to St. John’s hockey and allowed it to flourish despite the depression.

His daily newspaper hockey column was an important feature of the sport for two decades and later served as an important nucleus for researching and recording local hockey history.

When the Amateur Athletic Association was responsible for track and field, boxing and other sports, he filled its secretary’s position very well and played an important role as team manager for the Newfoundland teams that attended the 1930 British Commonwealth Games in Hamilton, Ontario.

His other community contributions included great work for the St. John’s Playgrounds Association and the Rotary Club.

Because of his overall important successful participation in a wide range of athletics, Arthur Johnson was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame October 15, 1977.