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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.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80