Center Johnny Matz spent the 1924-25 season with the Montreal Canadiens. He was better known as an accomplished pro in the Western Canada and Prairie leagues.
The Nebraska native ventured to Alberta in his teens and ended up in Edmonton with the Hustlers and Dominos of the Big 4 senior league. In 1921-22 he turned pro with the Edmonton Eskimos of the WCHL and later toiled for the Saskatoon Crescents.
In November 1924, Matz was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for cash. He scored three goals and checked well on a line with Odie Cleghorn and Fern Headley. The efficient trio helped the Canadiens reach the Stanley Cup final where they lost to the Victoria Cougars. Injuries kept Matz from building on this success and he was forced to sit out the 1925-26 season. He returned in 1926 and was a solid playmaker and checker for the Prairie League's Moose Jaw Maroons before retiring in 1928.