Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Johnny Peirson
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1943-44 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 15 1 2 3 4 3 2 0 2 8
1944-45
1945-46 McGill Redmen MCHL 6 13 5 18
1946-47 Boston Bruins NHL 5 0 0 0 0
1946-47 Boston Olympics EAHL 10 5 10 15 24
1946-47 Hershey Bears AHL 26 11 11 22 32 11 3 2 5 10
1947-48 Boston Bruins NHL 15 4 2 6 0 5 3 2 5 0
1947-48 Hershey Bears AHL 36 14 26 40 39
1948-49 Boston Bruins NHL 59 22 21 43 45 5 3 1 4 4
1949-50 Boston Bruins NHL 57 27 25 52 49
1950-51 Boston Bruins NHL 70 19 19 38 43 2 1 1 2 2
1951-52 Boston Bruins NHL 68 20 30 50 30 7 0 2 2 4
1952-53 Boston Bruins NHL 49 14 15 29 32 11 3 6 9 2
1953-54 Boston Bruins NHL 68 21 19 40 55 4 0 0 0 2
1954-55
1955-56 Boston Bruins NHL 33 11 14 25 10
1956-57 Boston Bruins NHL 68 13 26 39 41 10 0 3 3 12
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 53 2 2 4 10 5 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 545 153 173 326 315 49 10 16 26 26


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1950, 1951) Missed majority of 1955-56 season while still in retirement but returned as an active player in game vs. Chicago, December 15, 1955.