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Johnny Wilson  1957-58

Johnny Wilson's memories of the glory days of the Detroit Red Wings start with the Olympia dressing-room entrance.

"There was a sign on the locker-room door," Wilson recalled. "It said, "We'll supply everything but guts."

That was okay with him, because Wilson already had enough guts to go around. The NHL iron man of his era, Wilson played a record 580 consecutive games, shattering Murray Murdoch's league mark of 509 on March 21, 1959 against the New York Rangers.

"I think it's sort of ingrained in you as a kid," Wilson said of his durability. "I never missed a day of school.

"In hockey, I was fortunate because I never had a major injury like a broken bone, or anything where I had to sit out. As a young player, I remember Ted Lindsay telling me to play through hurts, because there's another guy sitting out there, waiting to take your job.

"I guess I must have listened."

A scorer as a junior, Wilson switched to a defensive role in the pros. "When I came to Detroit, Jack Adams told me they had enough scorers," Wilson said. "He wanted guys who could go up and down the ice and backcheck, so that's what I did."

Wilson was shuttled twice in the many moves of Detroit GM Adams during the mid 1950s — leaving shortly after the 1955 Cup win, then returning in the 1957 Lindsay deal. He's of the opinion that Adams tinkered too much and sidetracked a good thing.

"Jack certainly knew his hockey, but I think he made a big mistake in making such wholesale changes," Wilson said. "It was still a young team. Most of us were 27 or 28 and we had a few more years of good hockey left."

Wilson was moved again in 1959, dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs and he finished his playing days with the Rangers in 1961-62.

Returning to Detroit as coach of the Wings from 1971-73, Wilson still makes his home in the area and maintains a regular presence with the Red Wings Alumni team.

BORN:
Kincardine, Ontario, June 14, 1929

ACQUIRED:
Signed to pro contract, September 9, 1949

BEST SEASON WITH RED WINGS:
1952-53 (23-19-42)

TOTALS WITH RED WINGS:
GP-379, G-79, A-100, PTS-179

HONORS:
Played in NHL All-Star Game, 1954-55; Set NHL record by playing 580 consecutive games

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59