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Getting to the Goal

James Johnstone, law clerk at the offices of David P. Browne


Just like the allegorical scales of justice in the legal system, James Johnstone believes in living life with a healthy balance. To achieve one, Johnstone, 30, splits his time working as a law clerk at the offices of David P. Browne, PA in Bonita Springs and officiating East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) games. 

“It’s a thrill to be a part of the action,” says Johnstone, who, in addition to officiating mostly Florida Everblades home games, is in his fourth season of coaching Estero High School hockey. 

He became infatuated with the sport during his younger years in Canada, where hockey reigns supreme, and he’s remained dedicated to it since relocating to Naples in 2000. That devotion most recently earned him a spot as a participant in the 2015 ECHL All-Star Games, an event in which select ECHL league players compete against an established team. 

But his work with the league and Estero isn’t his only commitment to the sport. He and his father created a hockey camp after moving to the area. Two times a week, Johnstone can be found coaching children of various ages on the ice at Germain Arena. Johnstone says he derives joy from being able to pass on the excitement of the game to the little players.

"I love seeing the kids get better and love the game like I do,” he says. Most importantly, he likes to see them benefit from making time for a meaningful personal activity. To him, it’s the only way to keep an even scale. GB 

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