Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Detroit Red Wings DetroitRedWings.com presented by AT&T
Stay Connected to the Detroit Red Wings
Email Updates App Text/SMS Updates Twitter Facebook Red Wings TV RSS Feeds
 

 
  • RSS
Larry Johnston
Larry Johnston
Defenseman
Number: 3
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 195
Shoots: Right
Born: Jul 20, 1943
Birthplace: Kitchener, ON, Canada
In order to view this page you need JavaScript and Flash Player 9+ support!
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.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

DetroitRedWings.com is the official Web site of the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit Red Wings and DetroitRedWings.com are trademarks of the Detroit Red Wings. NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and Original Six is a trademark of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 Detroit Red Wings and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.
© NHL 2013. All Rights Reserved.

 
Advertise/SponsorshipsOlympia Entertainment | Code of Conduct | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Employment | Contact Us | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map