A versatile forward who could play centre and right wing, Bill Johnson made it to the NHL for one game in 1949-50. He was better known as a senior player in eastern Canada and a solid minor pro skater in the Western Hockey League.
The native of Port Arthur, Ontario played with the Rangers in adjacent Fort William before joining the senior Toronto Marlboros in 1948-49. It was during his tenure with the Marlies that Johnson received the call to play for the "Blue and White." He next played three seasons with the senior Ottawa Senators and skated briefly with the Providence Reds of the AHL.
Beginning in 1957-58, Johnson embarked on a solid career in the WHL with the Vancouver Canucks. He also suited up for the Victoria Cougars, Winnipeg Warriors and Spokane Comets before returning east. After two seasons in the Eastern Hockey League with the Charlotte Checkers and New York Rovers, Johnson retired in 1965. Twelve years later his son, Trevor, was a first round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs and went on to play nearly 300 NHL games.