Johnstown Jets legends

The jersey numbers 7, 8, 9 and 11 hang from the rafters at historic Cambria County War Memorial Arena above the ice where the men who made history wearing those uniforms skated through three decades of professional hockey in the city.

Local hockey legends Don Hall, better known as "Jet 9," and Dick Roberge, who wore No. 11, were the first two Johnstown hockey players to have their numbers retired.

Both men played during the sport's golden age in Johnstown. Hall was part of five championship teams, twice in the 1950s (1952, '53) and three times in the 1960s (1960, '61, '62). Roberge also had a role in title-winning teams as a player in the 1960s (1960-62) and as coach of the 1974-75 Jets.

Galen Head captained the Johnstown Jets' final championship team in 1974-75 while wearing No. 8. That title-winning squad inspired the script for the Paul Newman movie "Slap Shot" filmed in Johnstown. His 68 regular-season goals scored in 1968-69 was a Johnstown record that stood until 1992.

Reg Kent was a dominant force in the late 1960s while wearing No. 7 for the Johnstown Jets, posting three straight 100-point seasons and earning Eastern Hockey League all-star status.

Kent scored 815 points in 602 games with the Jets from 1965-74. He centered two of the most prolific-scoring lines in Jets history.

In 1967-68, Kent joined linemates Johnny Gofton and Head to produce 371 points as all three players collected more than 100 points that season. The next year, Kent, Gene Peacosh and Head combined for 153 goals and 347 points.

Mike Mastovich is a sports reporter and columnist for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5083. Follow him on Twitter @Masty81.