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Defenseman Ernie "Moose" Johnson, renowned for his skating, rough play, poke checking, resilience, competitiveness and success everywhere he went, at the highest levels of competition. "The Bull Moose", as he was described in 1912, was "sensational", having won Stanley Cup challenges in 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910. The future HHOFer went on to be a 1st team all-star in the PCHA for eight straight seasons 1912-1919. Ultimate Hockey awarded him five retro Norris (1914, 1915, 1916, 1918, 1919) after two retro Selke (1910, 1911), naming him “Best Defensive Defenseman” of 1910-19 as well as “Best Poke-Checker” of both decades 1900-09 and 1910-19. He also was given two retro Hart (1913, 1916). Moreover, at the end of Trail of the Stanley Cup Vol. 1, Charles Coleman selects his all-star team from 1893-1926 and Ernie Johnson was one of the defensemen he selected.

Originally Posted by Regina Leader, Dec 24, 1921
"The Wonder Man of Hockey" That's what they're calling Moose Johnson around the Pacific Coast hockey loop.

Today he is reckoned as one of the hardest and most fearless players in professional hockeys.

Playing in the rover position, the Moose works havoc with opposing scoring divisions. He takes about as many hard cracks as any other individual in the puck sport and comes up smiling.

Originally Posted by Vancouver Sun, Feb 14, 1927
Mr. Patrick brings word that Moose Johnson is the idol of Minneapolis hockey fans. The coast boss saw Johnson play in Winnipeg and he says the old boy is going just about as fast as ever. His famous nose-diving poke check by which he sweeps, with his tremendously long stick, everything in front of him as he dives, has been looked upon by acting referees down there as a foul.

Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen, 1912-12-13
Ernie Johnson, the Westminster cover-point is a great drawing card, and one of the Vancouver/Westminster games may be transferred to Victoria so that the fans there may have an opportunity to see "The Cyclone" and "The Bull Moose" up against one another.
Originally Posted by Ultimate Hockey
Johnson was a powerful skater and one of the faster men of his day. Oddly, he played his entire career without any fingers on his right hand! In 1900, he lost the fingers after receiving a 2,300 volt electrical jolt.

Johnson was a regular First-Team All-Star on PCHA referee Mickey Ion's famous hand-picked squads and has been considered the finest all-around rearguard in hockey between 1900 and 1925. Regularly playing with broken jaws, fractured arms, even separated shoulders, Johnson was a gamer in the truest sense.

Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, 1906-01-06
Johnson was put out for some minutes with a crack on the arm, but aside from this, the two escaped injury. Both played excellent games for their respective teams, Johnson's work being particularly good. He went right into the thick of the fray and took all that was going.
Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, 1908-01-27
Johnson worked like a trojan, and never let up in following back when Quebec had possession of the puck.

Originally Posted by The Trail Of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1916 Season
The game on December 14th was featured by a bulldozing stunt by Ernie Johnson. In a headlong rush he crashed into the boards and a whole section toppled over.

Ernie Johnson continued to play a rough game and drew the ire of president Lester Patrick for his work when the Rosebuds defeated the Mets January 7th.

Originally Posted by NY Times, 1916-04-05
Moose Johnson was a tower of strength for Portland on both the offense and the defense, and it was his work that broke up the concerted attacks of Les Canadiens not once, but almost every time that he dove after the puck.

In the second period Moose Johnson began to show signs of his famous speed,...

Johnson was stopping most of the attacks of Les Canadiens before they got within hailing distance of the Portland goal...
Originally Posted by The Trail Of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1
A long and spectacular career... was the speedy left wing for the Wanderers... In those days there he was described as a six-footer with terrific speed, a bullet shot and indomitable courage... He developed a marvelous poke check and was a very difficult man to get around... developed an extraordinary skill at playing the puck rather than the man, although he was by no means backward with his bodychecking... In his first years in the PCHA he was a hard man to keep in training, and was inclined to draw useless penalties for rough play. However, when he steadied down there was no better defenseman in the estimation of those who saw him perform...He played eleven years in the PCHA, and was chosen as an all-star defenseman ten times. He was never sold or traded, being too valuable an attraction... He earned the nickname "Moose" for the fortitude he displayed in brushing off injuries that would put other players out of action for weeks. During his career he had his nose broken twice, received three bad cuts over his eyes, a piece cut from a thigh, many ankle cuts, and a badly gashed foot. Black eyes, jammed fingers and bruises didn't count. In spite of these injuries, he missed only twelve games in ten years of play... at times he was unpopular for his rough play... He developed the poke check so well to such an art that in his last few years with Victoria, Lester Patrick used him frequently at rover to spearhead the defense. In his final years with Victoria he had regained all his popularity and the fans applauded him everywhere. Near the close of the 1921 season a special Johnson night was held in Victoria. He was presented with a trophy from the PCHA inscribed "To Moose Johnson as a token of appreciation of his brilliant career as the greatest defense player in the PCHA during the past ten years."
Originally Posted by The Trail Of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1922 Season
This was the final year for Ernie Johnson who was now beginning to show signs of slowing up but his great spirit and checking power kept him in the lineup... In a game against Seattle January 4th, Johnson was cut badly over the eye and had to be carried from the ice. Manager Patrick had to take away his skates to keep him from returning to the ice.

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