Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Eddie Johnstone
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 final for the first time in seven years. The feisty right-winger was particularly effective when he scored four goals in quarter-final 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, BC 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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1970-71 Vernon Lakers BCJHL 50 45 49 94 79
1971-72 Vernon Essos BCJHL
1971-72 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 27 14 15 29 46 7 2 2 4 6
1972-73 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 68 58 44 102 70 17 13 10 23 21
1972-73 Medicine Hat Tigers M-Cup 2 3 0 3 0
1973-74 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 68 64 54 118 164 5 5 0 5 10
1974-75 Michigan/Baltimore Blades WHA 23 4 4 8 43
1974-75 Greensboro Generals SHL 25 21 25 46 21
1974-75 Providence Reds AHL 23 7 10 17 35 5 0 0 0 0
1975-76 New York Rangers NHL 10 2 1 3 4 +4
1975-76 Providence Reds AHL 58 23 33 56 102 3 0 0 0 14
1976-77 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 80 40 58 98 79 6 3 6 9 7
1977-78 New York Rangers NHL 53 13 13 26 44 -3
1977-78 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 17 10 12 22 20
1978-79 New York Rangers NHL 30 5 3 8 27 -5 17 5 0 5 10
1979-80 New York Rangers NHL 78 14 21 35 60 +3 9 0 1 1 25
1980-81 New York Rangers NHL 80 30 38 68 100 +15 8 2 2 4 4
1981-82 New York Rangers DN-Cup 4 6 1 7
1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 68 30 28 58 57 -5 10 2 6 8 25
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 52 15 21 36 27 -4 9 4 1 5 19
1983-84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 46 12 11 23 54 +3 2 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 69 27 28 55 70
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 1 0 1 2 0
1985-86 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 62 29 31 60 74 17 5 7 12 4
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 6 0 0 0 0 +1
1986-87 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 61 30 22 52 83 5 1 0 1 2
NHL Totals 426 122 136 258 375 55 13 10 23 83


AHL First All-Star Team (1977) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1981) Selected by Michigan (WHA) in 1974 WHA Amateur Draft, June, 1974. Claimed by NY Rangers as a fill-in during Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979. Traded to Detroit by NY Rangers with Eddie Mio and Ron Duguay for Mike Blaisdell, Mark Osborne and Willie Huber, June 13, 1983.