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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.

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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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