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Police: Former Lincoln Stars hockey coach struck by train, killed

Police: Former Lincoln Stars hockey coach struck by train, killed

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Police in Fargo, N.D., say a body found Monday near railroad tracks is Chad Johnson, a former Lincoln Stars hockey coach.

Police say Johnson, 43, died from injuries from being struck by a train, the Forum reports. No foul play is suspected.

The body was spotted by a passing train crew late Monday afternoon.

Johnson resigned as coach of the Stars in September. He had been the team's head coach for three seasons and led the team to a 116-71-12 record.

In a Lincoln Stars release, team President Jim Pflug said: "Chad has indicated to us that he'd like to return to Fargo so that he can be closer to his family, and address some health issues before they become more serious. ... He's a great coach and friend, and we appreciate the sacrifices he's made on our behalf. We're sorry to see him leave the Stars organization, but support his decision 100%.”

Johnson said in the same release: “I'm very thankful for the opportunity to lead the Stars over the past three seasons. It was truly an honor for me to do something I love in front of the best fans in the league, and I really appreciate the support they've shown me. I'll especially miss the interaction with the players, and wish them (and the Stars organization) nothing but the best.”

This report includes material from the Associated Press.

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