We are very sad to report the passing of WHA Houston Aeros original John Schella, who passed away yesterday. John also was an original member of the NHL Vancouver Canucks.
John was a tough, talented, durable defenseman, who was popular with teammates and fans and well-respected opposing players.
On days like this you remember those long-time Aeros like Poul Popiel, Wayne Rutledge, Larry Lund, Frank Hughes, Andre Hinse Ted Taylor, Al Hale, Gordon Labossiere, Foxy Dineen, etc.
Today we pay tribute to a hockey warrior - John Schella — who passed away on August 3rd 2018 at the age of 71.
John Schella was Born May 9 1947 -- Port Arthur, ONT.
He gained notoriety as one of the “Thunder Bay Boys” before signing with the Peterborough Petes in 1966-67.
After honing his skills in Houston, Denver and Rochester he became an original Vancouver Canuck in 1970-71.
Two years later John joined the fledgling World Hockey Association, where he would spend the next six years of his career, winning two WHA Championships and earning the admiration of teammates and respect of opponents.
John concluded his career in San Diego on the Pacific Coast League in 1978-79.
Today’s tribute includes memories from former teammates Andre Lacroix, Jerry Rollins, Scott Campbell, Cam Connor and Larry Lund.
All these legends would agree: John Schella was tough, talented and a great teammate. Most important, when things got tough, John always had their backs.
Let’s remember John with the words of his teammates.
Rest In peace, John
Host: Mark Willand