Born January 6, 1920 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Joey played for the Seattle Olympics hockey team during the 1940-41 season and found his way, after serving in the Canadian Navy, to the Tacoma Rockets of the Pacific Coast Hockey League. Joey served as a stalwart defenseman and "enforcer" for the Rockets from 1946-51 and was selected to the All-Star first team with the Rockets in the 1947-48 season.
He then helped organize a high school league in Tacoma that ran from 1948-50 and also officiated in the Western Hockey League for 18 years, from 1952-70.
Johns pitched for the Teamsters fastpitch club to the city title in 1947 and the Tacoma Elks added him to their tournament roster for regional play in 1948. He then added city titles in 1949, 50 and 51 with the highly competitive Irwin-Jones Dodgers softball team. softball teams and was also a highly-respected umpire.
Using his pitching background and experience as a hockey referee, Joey ended up umpiring baseball and softball games in Tacoma-Pierce County for 17 years. Most were without argument because not only was he an excellent umpire but he was always right, and third-nobody "dared" to question the former hockey defenseman. Joey umpired many championship games and regional tournaments, particularly in fastpitch softball, and his selection was clear testimony to his sound judgment and game control.