1ST SUMMIT ARENA @ Cambria County War Memorial’s first major tenant was the Johnstown Jets, originally of the Eastern Amateur Hockey League. The Jets would win 5 league championships over the years, including in their final season of 1975-76.
The hit movie Slap Shot was based around the Johnstown Jets. Notable Jets to take part in the movie were Steve Carlson, Jeff Carlson, Dave Hanson, Bruce Boudreau, Galen Head, and Ned Dowd.
The 1977 Johnstown Flood would bring about the end of the Johnstown Jets, as the ice making equipment of the War Memorial was severely damaged.
The Johnstown Wings would form in 1978 and strike an affiliation with the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings in 1979, becoming the Johnstown Red Wings. NHL legend Ted Lindsay joined the team to serve as the General Manager. The Red Wings disbanded after the 1979-80 season.
A new hockey club was formed in 1987, adopting the name “Chiefs” to pay homage to the fictitious team of Slap Shot. The Chiefs joined the ECHL in 1988 and struck an affiliation with the Boston Bruins. The Johnstown Chiefs would play until the 2009-10 season, where their story ended similar to their fictitious counterparts – the team was sold and relocated to another state.
The Wheeling Nailers would fill the hockey void for Johnstowners with a few games until 2012 when the Johnstown Tomahawks were formed to play in the NAHL. The Tomahawks are going strong after 5 seasons, and showing no signs of slowing down.
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1950 – 1977
All-Time Record : 940-790-120
NHL Alumni : 46
JOHNSTOWN WINGS / RED WINGS
1978 – 1980
All-Time Record : 49-87-4
NHL Alumni : 5
1987 – 2010
All-Time Record : 376-380-67
NHL Alumni : 54
2012 – Present
All-Time Record : 174-148-38
NHL Alumni : 1
1ST SUMMIT ARENA @ Cambria County War Memorial Retired Numbers