In 1945-46, Johnny Peirson was minding his own business as a player at McGill University in Montreal when he received an offer to join the Boston Bruins top farm club, the Hershey Bears. Figuring on earning a few extra dollars to help with school, he accepted the offer. But a gambling scandal at the NHL level displaced a number of players, thus opening the door for Peirson to join the Bruins for an annual salary of $4,500.
Peirson quickly evolved into a useful player who could backcheck, strive for team-oriented goals and harvest his share of points. He cracked the 20-goal barrier four times during his eleven years as a Bruin.
In 1954-55, he retired but then elected to return the next year to play three more seasons until his legs gave way and production declined. To remain in pro hockey, he'd have had to move to the minors and take his family along for the ride -- something he was loathed to do.