Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Earl Johnson
Left winger Earl Johnson dressed for one game with the Detroit Red Wings in 1953-54. He was best known for his scoring and longevity in the minor leagues, especially in the Western Hockey League.

Born in Fort Frances, Ontario, Johnson played three years of junior with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHA. He was also a proficient scorer with the Detroit Hettche club in the IHL as well as the Edmonton Flyers of the PCHL/WHL. In 1951-52 he scored 37 goals as a rookie with the Flyers but was nosed out by Guyle Fielder in the voting for the league's top freshman. The year he was called up by Detroit, Johnson played in Edmonton as well as the Sherbrooke Saints of the Quebec Senior league.

Johnson played nine more seasons of minor pro hockey before retiring in 1963. His best stretch came with the Spokane Comets of the WHL from 1958 to 1961 when he accounted for 103 goals and often formed a potent line with Del Topoll and NHL prospect Al Johnson.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1949-50 Windsor Spitfires OHA-Jr. 42 18 18 36 6 2 1 0 1 0
1949-50 Detroit Hettche IHL 5 3 3 6 0
1950-51 Windsor Spitfires OHA-Jr. 54 39 28 67 19 8 2 3 5 0
1951-52 Edmonton Flyers PCHL 69 37 34 71 19 4 0 1 1 2
1952-53 Edmonton Flyers WHL 70 26 34 60 26 15 10 7 17 20
1953-54 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1953-54 Edmonton Flyers WHL 19 5 0 5 6
1953-54 Sherbrooke Saints QHL 50 18 22 40 41 5 4 2 6 2
1954-55 Quebec Aces QHL 21 12 6 18 18
1954-55 Vancouver Canucks WHL 45 16 19 35 33 5 2 1 3 2
1955-56 Springfield Indians AHL 7 4 2 6 6
1955-56 Vancouver<196>Edmonton WHL 42 15 10 25 44 3 0 1 1 2
1956-57 Vancouver Canucks WHL 54 17 14 31 49
1956-57 Providence Reds AHL 9 2 4 6 6
1957-58 Trois-Rivieres Lions QHL 50 14 8 22 6
1958-59 Spokane Spokes WHL 67 40 32 72 30 4 0 1 1 4
1959-60 Spokane Spokes WHL 69 31 31 62 20
1960-61 Spokane Comets WHL 70 32 30 62 40 4 0 0 0 0
1961-62 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 18 3 3 6 2
1961-62 Los Angeles Blades WHL 31 9 8 17 0
1962-63 New Haven Blades EHL 53 20 25 45 11
1963-64 Spokane Jets WIHL 38 41 30 71 4 12 8 8 16 0
1964-65 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL
NHL Totals 1 0 0 0 0


WHL Coast Division Second All-Star Team (1959) Signed as a free agent by Detroit, September 20, 1951. Loaned to Quebec (QHL) by NY Rangers for cash, October, 1954. Returned to NY Rangers from Quebec (QHL) with cash for the trade of Camille Henry to Providence (AHL), December 5, 1954.