There’s some sad news coming out of Fargo, ND today. Our thoughts and prayers are going out to Former Fighting Sioux forward Chad Johnson and his family. Johnson was found dead in Fargo, ND on Monday.
Official press Release--- The University of North Dakota Athletics Department and its men's hockey program is saddened by the passing of former UND hockey player Chad Johnson.
Johnson, a native of Grand Forks, lettered at UND from 1990-91 to 1992-93, appearing in 95 games for the Fighting Sioux.
"The UND hockey family has lost a great member," said UND head coach Dave Hakstol, who was a collegiate teammate of Johnson's. "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."
After his collegiate playing career, Johnson played professionally for three seasons before embarking upon a coaching career in the United States Hockey League.
Johnson's brother, Steve, also played at UND from 1984-88 and his nephews, Luke Johnson and Paul LaDue, are both freshmen on this year's hockey team.
UND Athletics would like to extended its deepest sympathies to Johnson's family and friends.
A press release from the USHL team, the Lincoln Stars dated Sept. 18 said:
Sad news out of Fargo yesterday Chad Johnson has died. He just resigned as head coach of the Lincoln Stars of the... http://t.co/g8p0LS38XX
— Mnhockeyconnection (@MNHOCKEYU) November 19, 2013
The Lumberjacks would like to send their thoughts & prayers out to the friends & family of former Lincoln Stars H/C Chad Johnson #USHLFamily
— Muskegon Lumberjacks (@MuskegonJacks) November 19, 2013
Former Lincoln Stars coach found dead in Fargo: Fargo police say 34-year-old Chad Johnson was found dead Monday... http://t.co/5jyefOEeET
— Lincoln NE Daily (@lincolnnedaily) November 19, 2013
Former Stars Head Coach Chad Johnson found dead in Fargo: Very sad news to report today.Former Lincoln Stars a... http://t.co/tpJ3PwwEIL
— Lincoln Stars Blog (@blackblueblog) November 19, 2013