RMJHL Commissioner Mike Gempeler today announced that Brian Johnson is the new RMJHL Director of Player Safety. Johnson joins the leadership team with a lengthy resume of hockey knowledge through experience as a player, referee, parent, and businessman.
Born and raised in Denver, Johnson learned to skate at a very young age, and played competitively with the Foothills Hockey Association, and the Arvada Hockey Association. Johnson pursued a finance degree in college, but never truly stepped away from the sport.
Johnson started officiating to both help pay for college and return to competitive hockey again. He has attained the highest level of certification for officiating in hockey and coached in various capacities—from Squirt house teams, to Midget AAA, Juniors and the Colorado Avalanche training camp.
Johnson is a Denver resident, and his 5-year-old twin girls take up the majority of his free time. He enjoys every facet of the game of hockey, from the deep insight and understanding of the sport, to his personal experiences of friendship and camaraderie that so many players encounter along the way.
Duties of the Director of Player Safety include serving on the RMJHL Disciplinary Committee, along with the Commissioner and Referee in Chief. This three-person committee is responsible for reviewing all match penalties and determining the appropriate discipline. Johnson will manage and track player eligibility throughout the league on all issues pertaining to trades, adds, drops and other team transactions. Through continuous communications with coaches, team owners/GM’s and game officials, Johnson will relay and enforce player discipline.
The league is delighted to bring Johnson and his immense knowledge of the game aboard. “I would like to thank the individuals that have provided me with this opportunity to apply my knowledge, understanding and experience with the game of hockey at an elite level,” stated Johnson. “I am grateful and will give my best effort with this position.”
Welcome aboard Brian!