Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joey Johnston
Left winger Joey Johnston was a tireless worker with an above average touch around the net. He would likely have been more appreciated if his prime years were not spent with the dreadful California Golden Seals.

Born in Peterborough, Ontario, Johnston skated for the local Petes in the OHA for three seasons. He was highly regarded by the scouts and the New York Rangers made him the eighth player chosen in the 1966 Amateur Draft. Johnston scored 24 goals for the Blueshirts' CHL affiliate in Omaha but was traded in June 1968 as part of the package to acquire veteran Dave Balon from the Minnesota North Stars.

The North Stars recalled Johnston for eleven games in 1968-69 but he spent most of his time in the franchise's farm system. In 1970-71 he scored 74 points for the Cleveland Barons of the AHL and was voted on to the league's first all-star team. A few days after the season a trade to the California Golden Seals changed his fortunes dramatically. The Seals were a woeful squad but their lack of depth enabled Johnston to blossom into a first rate NHL forward.

The skilful winger was checked closely by the opposition but still managed 28 goals while playing with Walt McKechnie and Craig Patrick in 1972-73. The next year he found the net 27 times with McKechnie as his pivot and a young Reggie Leach on right wing.

A few weeks after a trade sent him to the Chicago Black Hawks in 1975, but the lingering effects of the serious head injuries he suffered in a car crash, along with the emotional scars, were too great and he was forced to retire.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1964-65 Peterborough Monsens ON-Jr.B
1964-65 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 3 0 0 0 0
1965-66 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 44 8 15 23 91 6 0 0 0 10
1966-67 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 32 8 19 27 114 6 1 3 4 28
1967-68 Buffalo Bisons AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1967-68 Omaha Knights CPHL 70 24 22 46 131
1968-69 Minnesota North Stars NHL 11 1 0 1 6 -1
1968-69 Memphis South Stars CHL 58 20 37 57 91
1969-70 Iowa Stars CHL 62 20 37 57 115 11 4 6 10 38
1970-71 Cleveland Barons AHL 72 27 47 74 142 8 7 4 11 24
1971-72 California Golden Seals NHL 77 15 17 32 107 -28
1972-73 California Golden Seals NHL 71 28 21 49 62 -19
1973-74 California Golden Seals NHL 78 27 40 67 67 -37
1974-75 California Golden Seals NHL 62 14 23 37 72 -30
1975-76 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 32 0 5 5 6 -5
1975-76 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 11 4 2 6 4
NHL Totals 331 85 106 191 320


AHL First All-Star Team (1971) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1973, 1974, 1975) Traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers with Wayne Hillman and Dan Seguin for Dave Balon, June 12, 1968. Traded to California by Minnesota with Walt McKechnie for Dennis Hextall, May 20, 1971. Traded to Chicago by California for Jim Pappin and Chicago's 3rd round pick (Guy Lash) in 1977 Amateur Draft, June 1, 1975.
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