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07-24-2011, 09:53 PM
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Eddie Johnston, G

Position: Goaltender
HT/WT: 6'0", 190 lbs
Catches: Left
Nickname(s): "E.J."

- 2-time Stanley Cup Champion (1970, 1972)
- Member of the 1972 Canadian Summit Series team.
- 1 Top-2 in wins.
- 234 wins, 257 losses, 80 ties and 32 shutouts in 592 regular season games played.
- 7 wins, 10 losses and 1 shutout in 44 playoff games played.

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
The career of netminder Eddie Johnston straddled the NHL's Original Six and Expansion eras. He also witnessed first hand the transformation of the Boston Bruins from league doormats to Stanley Cup champions. Overall, he played in nearly 600 regular season games and was considered a steady if unspectacular player.

After leading the EPHL in wins and shutouts in 1960-61 and topping the WHL in victories the next year, the Bruins gave him a shot at the big leagues. Johnston received plenty of work in the early stages of his NHL career since Boston continually battled the New York Rangers to stay out of the league's basement. Still, in the days when there were only six full time NHL goalkeepers, it was a major accomplishment for Johnston to suit up for the Bruins regardless of how bad they were. In only his second season, the young backstopper played in all 70 of the Bruins' games, one of the last players of his time to do so. Johnston was also one of the last goalies to adopt a face mask after he was hit by a Bobby Orr shot in pre-game warm up in 1965.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Johnston was on hand as the Bruins built around the likes of Orr, Phil Esposito and Johnny Bucyk to become a league power in the late 1960s. By this time he was playing nearly 40 games a season but was definitely the "number 2" goalie behind Gerry Cheevers. The Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 1970 with Johnson as the second stringer. Two years later he led all post-season netminders with six wins and a 1.86 goals against average as the Bruins won their second title in three seasons. A few months later, Johnston was honoured by being named the spare goaltender for Team Canada in the Summit Series versus the Soviet Union.
Originally Posted by Chidlovski
A veteran goalie by the time the Summit Series started, Ed Johnston was a solid NHL goaltender. He had an impressive career of 16 seasons with Boston, Toronto, St. Louis and Chicago in the National Hockey League. Johnston is known as the last goaltender to play every minute of a season when he played in all 70 games for the 1963-64 Boston Bruins. His experience and goaltending skills were a nice addition to the talented Team Canada in 1972.

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