Despite dying at the young age of 35, the athletic career of Dr. David Johnston was so impressive that it had him elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame.
The Placentia native was an exceptional performer in hockey and stood out in track and field, baseball, rugby and soccer and also rowed in the St. John’s Regatta.
He started his career with the hockey and soccer teams of the Methodist College in St. John’s and was one of the school’s finest athletes. He added rugby to his list while at school in Nova Scotia where he continued to play hockey.
After he moved to Queen’s College in Kingston, Ontario, to obtain his medical degree, Dr. David Johnston earned a berth on the College hockey team and did exceptionally well in track meets that featured international stars of the day.
Returning to St. John’s after graduation, he became one of the finest performers for the Guards Athletic Association. He shone in a variety of track meets, played excellent hockey for several Guards teams, performed well in soccer and was a valuable member of several Guards championship baseball teams.
He died in 1938 after establishing himself among the best local athletes of the era.
For a varied and tremendous athletic career, Dr. David Johnston was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame October 15, 1977.
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