Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Danny Johnson
Centre Danny Johnson played for three NHL teams in the early 1970s. He was also proficient in the WHA and the minor leagues during a career that lasted a dozen seasons.

Born in Winnipegosis, Manitoba, Johnson played junior with the Flin Flon Bombers, Fort Frances Royals and Brandon Wheat Kings before turning pro with the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League in 1965-66. He excelled in the CHL, winning the Tommy Ivan trophy as the league's most valuable player in 1970 and earning selection to the league's second all-star team in 1969 and 1970.

Johnson was called up for one game by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1969-70 and was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the Expansion Draft. He registered a career-best 15 goals in 1970-71 but was placed on waivers the next season and claimed by the Detroit Red Wings. He played the last 43 games of the 1971-72 season with the Wings before joining the WHA's Winnipeg Jets. Johnson scored 53 goals in three seasons and helped the Jets win the inaugural WHA championship in 1973. He also served as the team's captain and retired following the 1974-75 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 Flin Flon Bombers SJHL 45 5 14 19 26 6 2 4 6 2
1963-64 Fort Frances Royals MJHL 26 8 11 19 49 9 6 2 8 24
1964-65 Brandon Wheat Kings MJHL 56 26 29 55 90
1965-66 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 67 6 23 29 40 10 2 0 2 4
1966-67 Omaha Knights CPHL 38 9 11 20 20
1966-67 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 22 2 6 8 10 12 1 4 5 4
1967-68 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 69 19 37 56 42 11 3 2 5 21
1968-69 Tulsa Oilers CHL 72 34 38 72 63 7 2 6 8 12
1969-70 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Tulsa Oilers CHL 72 33 46 79 56 6 3 4 7 4
1970-71 Vancouver Canucks NHL 66 15 11 26 16 -15
1970-71 Rochester Americans AHL 7 2 2 4 4
1971-72 Vancouver Canucks NHL 11 1 3 4 0 -3
1971-72 Detroit Red Wings NHL 43 2 5 7 8 -2
1972-73 Winnipeg Jets WHA 76 19 23 42 17 14 4 1 5 0
1973-74 Winnipeg Jets WHA 78 16 21 37 20 4 1 0 1 5
1974-75 Winnipeg Jets WHA 78 18 14 32 25
NHL Totals 121 18 19 37 24


CHL Second All-Star Team (1969, 1970)
Most Valuable Player - CHL (1970)
Claimed by Toronto from Tulsa (CHL) in Inter-League Draft, June, 1966. Claimed by Toronto (Rochester-AHL) from Toronto in Reverse Draft, June 15, 1966. Claimed by Vancouver from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970. Claimed on waivers by Detroit from Vancouver, November 22, 1971. Selected by NY Raiders (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Rights traded to Winnipeg (WHA) by NY Raiders (WHA) for the rights to Mark Dufour, June, 1972.
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