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Eddie Johnstone
Eddie Johnstone
Right Wing
Number: 7
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 175
Shoots:
Born: Mar 2, 1954
Birthplace: Brandon, MB, Canada
Hometown: Vernon, British Columbia
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by New York Rangers with Eddie Mio and Ron Duguay for Mike Blaisdell, Mark Osborne and Willie Huber on June 13, 1983.
Drafted: NYR / 1974 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 6th (104th overall)
Eddie Johnstone was a feisty right winger who could score and win the battles along the boards and in the corners. Most of his career was spent with the New York Rangers where his robust style made him a fan favourite at Madison Square Garden.

The native of Brandon, Manitoba, grew up in Vernon, B.C., and starred with the local Essos of the BCJHL before joining the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WCJHL for three years. In 1972-73 he played on the Tigers powerhouse when it reached the Memorial Cup finals. After scoring 118 points for Medicine Hat in 1973-74, he was chosen 104th overall in the amateur draft.

Johnstone started his pro career with the Michigan Stags of the WHA in 1974-75 but joined the Rangers the following year. After spending nearly two full seasons with the AHL's New Haven Nighthawks, Johnstone was ready for the NHL. In 1976-77 he was named to the AHL first all-star team after scoring 98 points.

As a rookie, Johnstone scored 26 points in 53 games for New York in 1977-78 and represented Canada at the Izvestia tournament in Moscow. He missed a fair bit of the 1978-79 season due to an injury but returned to score five goals in the playoffs as the Rangers reached the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in seven years. The feisty right-winger was particularly effective when he scored four goals in quarterfinals win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Johnstone recorded consecutive 30-goal seasons in 1980-81 and 1981-82. In 1981 he was chosen to represent the Rangers in the NHL All-Star Game and set up Bill Barber with the first short-handed goal at the event in seven years. On June 13, 1983, Johnstone was part of a major deal with Detroit that saw him exchanged with Ron Duguay and Eddie Mio for Mike Blaisdell, Willie Huber and Mark Osborne. He battled injuries and reduced ice time with the Wings.

During the summers he returned to Vernon and was a catcher on the Enderby, B.C., team that won two provincial senior baseball titles. After playing parts of three seasons in Motown, Johnstone retired in 1987. He returned to Vernon and served as an assistant coach with the junior Lakers then served as the head coach when the team won two Centennial Cups. In 1992-93 he was hired as the coach of the ECHL's Johnstown Chiefs, an affiliate of the Boston Bruins.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89