The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 15, 2007

Toby O'Brien | The Chiefs need your support


This “tiny community” and “can’t-survive franchise” somehow is the only franchise to survive for all 20 years. That is something that all of the folks – current and former owners, former employees, leaders, volunteers, fans and this city and region – should be proud of.

Two in particular – Jim Edwards and Ned Nakles – quietly and out of their passion for the team and what it brings to all of us get nothing out of it, but have been instrumental for many years in the team remaining in Johnstown.

Please, after so much of my life has been tied to this team, don’t ask “what about next year?” Just focus on the now.

Get your season tickets, support the Chiefs with advertising, and above all else, if you don’t go to another game all year, please show your support for the “little franchise that could,” one that keeps going year after year.

The city is going to be on display Thursday. Find some way to be a part of it and fill the building.

My favorite phrase while with the team was “together we can find a way.” It is still the same. If you think about doing something with the team this year, do it. If you thought about going to a special event for this city on Thursday, do it.

Toby O’Brien is a former Chiefs player, coach and general manager. He is a pro scout with the New York Islanders and still lives in Southmont.

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