Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- George Johnston
Right winger George Johnston was an effective role player for the Chicago Black Hawks in the 1940s. He was a solid checker who could score and incurred only one minor penalty in 58 career games.

Born in St. Charles, Manitoba, Johnston played a year with the Duluth Zephyrs before heading out west to suit up for the senior Saskatoon Quakers in 1939-40. He spent the next two years in the minors but did receive a two game trial with Chicago in 1941-42 when he scored twice.

Johnston scored 17 points in 30 games for the Hawks in 1942-43 playing mostly on the third line. He left the league for two years to play with the Vancouver RCAF and the Moncton #4 Repairs. He then returned to the pros in 1945 playing 26 games in total with Chicago in 1945-46 and 1946-47 while starring for the USHL's Kansas City Pla-Mors. Johnston scored 67 goals over the '46 and '47 seasons and was named to the USHL first all-star team both years.

Johnston played eight years in the minors before retiring in 1955. He enjoyed his best spell with the PCHL's Tacoma Rockets. The classy winger scored 46 goals in 1949-50 and was named to the PCHL second all-star team. He made the second team again in 1952 after scoring 77 points.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1938-39 Duluth Zephyrs TBSHL 11 5 2 7 14
1938-39 Duluth Zephyrs IASHL 26 14 9 23 14
1939-40 Saskatoon Quakers N-SSHL 28 11 12 23 2 4 0 1 1 0
1940-41 Providence Reds AHL 50 17 24 41 4 4 2 2 4 0
1941-42 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 2 2 0 2 0
1941-42 Kansas City Americans AHA 31 18 14 32 6 6 3 9 12 0
1942-43 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 30 10 7 17 0
1943-44 Vancouver RCAF PCHL 10 12 5 17 2
1944-45 Saint John Beavers Exhib.
1944-45 Vancouver RCAF Exhib. 3 4 2 6 0
1945-46 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 16 5 4 9 2
1945-46 Kansas City Pla-Mors USHL 38 38 34 72 6 12 4 8 12 2
1946-47 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 10 3 1 4 0
1946-47 Kansas City Pla-Mors USHL 47 29 29 58 6 12 5 4 9 4
1947-48 Cleveland Barons AHL 15 4 4 8 4
1947-48 New Haven Ramblers AHL 39 16 24 40 10 4 1 1 2 0
1948-49 New Haven Ramblers AHL 39 14 23 37 2
1948-49 Tacoma Rockets PCHL 28 17 14 31 4 6 0 5 5 0
1949-50 Tacoma Rockets PCHL 70 46 44 90 64 5 0 2 2 0
1950-51 Tacoma Rockets PCHL 70 27 31 58 17 6 1 2 3 0
1951-52 Tacoma Rockets PCHL 70 32 45 77 8 7 2 4 6 0
1952-53 Tacoma Rockets WHL 70 24 41 65 8
1953-54 Spokane Flyers WIHL 66 35 39 74 45 5 2 4 6 0
1954-55 Spokane Flyers WIHL 35 15 24 39 16
NHL Totals 58 20 12 32 2


USHL First All-Star Team (1946, 1947)
PCHL Northern Second All-Star Team (1950)
PCHL Second All-Star Team (1952)
Traded to NY Rangers by Cleveland (AHL) for Church Russell, December 18, 1947.