Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Norm Johnson
Centre Norm Johnson played briefly in the NHL during the 1950s with Boston and Chicago. He ended up playing nearly two decades in the minors and was one of the more prolific scorers in the history of the Western Hockey League. Johnson decided to pursue hockey after being literally a few feet away from the RCMP office in Moose Jaw where he was intending to apply.

Hailing from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Johnson played for the hometown Canucks from 1949 to 1954. He played 22 games in the IHL for the Fort Wayne Komets in 1954-55 before joining the WHL's Brandon Regals the following seasons. This was his first of fifteen years in that league. In 1956-57 he scored 78 points in 70 games and was named to the Prairie Division second all-star team.

Johnson received a chance to play in the NHL with the Boston Bruins in 1957-58. He played fairly well in a 15-game trial then played 39 games the following season. Part way through the year he was claimed on waivers by the Black Hawks. Johnson worked in seven regular season games in 1958-59 and was an emergency call up for two games in the 1960 semi-finals.

During the 1960s Johnson dominated the WHL with the Calgary Stampeders, Los Angeles Blades and Portland Buckaroos. He topped the 80-point mark eight times, led the league in assists once, and was a two-time selection to the WHL first all-star team. He finally played on a WHL championship team in Portland during his last season in 1970-71. The next year he coached the league's Seattle Totems before retiring from the game.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1949-50 Moose Jaw Canucks WCJHL 3 0 0 0 0
1950-51 Moose Jaw Canucks WCJHL 39 6 9 15 24
1951-52 Moose Jaw Canucks WCJHL 44 16 13 29 96
1952-53 Moose Jaw Canucks WCJHL 33 25 16 41 42 9 4 3 7 8
1953-54 Moose Jaw Millers SSHL 37 22 35 57 40 8 2 3 5 6
1953-54 Moose Jaw Millers Al-Cup 7 2 3 5 4
1954-55 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 22 7 8 15 17
1954-55 Yorkton Terriers Al-Cup 6 1 1 2 4
1955-56 Brandon Regals WHL 69 15 22 37 53
1956-57 Brandon Regals WHL 70 32 46 78 75 9 2 7 9 2
1956-57 Brandon Regals Ed-Cup 5 1 3 4 0
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 15 2 3 5 8 12 4 0 4 6
1957-58 Springfield Indians AHL 52 8 33 41 46
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 39 2 17 19 25
1958-59 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 7 1 0 1 8
1958-59 Rochester Americans AHL 14 3 4 7 8 5 1 2 3 13
1959-60 Calgary Stampeders WHL 45 20 40 60 32
1959-60 Buffalo Bisons AHL 23 5 12 17 10
1959-60 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1960-61 Calgary Stampeders WHL 58 23 64 87 19 5 1 3 4 2
1961-62 Calgary Stampeders WHL 69 29 64 93 25 7 0 5 5 2
1962-63 Calgary Stampeders WHL 69 22 43 65 27
1963-64 Los Angeles Blades WHL 70 33 53 86 38 12 5 14 19 18
1963-64 St. Paul Rangers CPHL 1 0 1 1 2
1964-65 Los Angeles Blades WHL 69 26 55 81 39
1965-66 Los Angeles Blades WHL 71 23 54 77 34
1966-67 Los Angeles Blades WHL 67 31 46 77 20
1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 23 40 63 24 12 1 9 10 14
1968-69 Portland Buckaroos WHL 71 43 47 90 40 11 4 6 10 8
1969-70 Portland Buckaroos WHL 71 34 62 96 34 11 7 10 17 24
1970-71 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 37 55 92 86 13 3 11 14 29
1971-72 Spokane Jets WIHL
NHL Totals 61 5 20 25 41 14 4 0 4 6


WHL Prairie Division Second All-Star Team (1957)
WHL First All-Star Team (1961, 1962)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1969)
Claimed by Boston from Brandon (WHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 4, 1957. Claimed on waivers by Chicago from Boston, January 7, 1959. Loaned to Montreal (Rochester-AHL) by Chicago to complete transaction that sent Dollard St. Laurent to Chicago (June 3, 1958), February 20, 1959. Traded to LA Blades (WHL) by Chicago (St. Louis-AHL) with Ron Leopold and Gord Vejprava for Lloyd Haddon, August 12, 1963. Traded to Portland (WHL) by LA Blades (WHL) for cash, July, 1967.
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