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Larry Johnston
Larry Johnston
Defenseman
Number: 3
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 195
Shoots: Right
Born: Jul 20, 1943
Birthplace: Kitchener, ON, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Los Angeles with Dale Rolfe and Gary Croteau for Garry Monahan, Brian Gibbons and Matt Ravlich, February 20, 1970.
Larry Johnston was a tough stay-at-home defenseman whose NHL career lasted over 300 games because he was competitive and played within his means. He suited up for three different big league franchises, providing grit and leadership for each one.

Born in Kitchener, Ontario, Johnston played junior with the Waterloo Warriors and was originally the property of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He never played with Toronto but gained experience in the minors five seasons. One of these teams was the AHL's Springfield Indians who acquired his rights in return for future NHL goalie Bruce Gamble.

Johnston became the property of the L.A. when they purchased the Springfield franchise in 1967. Johnston played four games with the expansion Kings in 1967-68 but was returned to the minors. In 1969 he was named the most valuable player in Springfield and also led the AHL in penalty minutes in 1968 and 1969.

He was acquired by the Detroit Red Wings two years later and returned to the NHL as a regular for three years beginning in 1971-72. In July 1974 he signed with the Michigan Stags of the WHA and played there until the team folded late in the 1974-75 season.

After a rash of injuries late in 1974-75, the Kansas City Scouts turned to Johnston to add muscle and organization to their young defense. He remained with the franchise when it relocated to Denver, Colorado in 1976 and suited up for 25 games. After playing the last half of the 1976-77 season with the Maine Nordiques of the North American Hockey League, the burly defender retired.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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