Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Marshall Johnston
Defenseman Marshall Johnston had a four year collegiate career and a lengthy run with the Canadian National Team to his credit before he joined the National Hockey League in 1967.

Johnston began his journey to the big leagues at the University of Denver in 1959 where he won a National championship and upon his graduation he joined Team Canada in time for the 1964 Winter Olympic Games. His five years with the National Team included two World Championship appearances as well as a second trip to the Olympics in 1968.

By 1968, Johnston was a veteran of Team Canada and he was named captain of the team. The Canadians faired well at the games and Johnston's solid defensive play helped lead the team to a Bronze medal victory.

After the Olympics Johnston made the leap to the National Hockey League when he joined the expansion Minnesota North Stars late in the 1967-68 campaign. But despite his international experience, he couldn't secure a regular spot on the North Stars blue line and after appearing in just 49 games for Minnesota over four seasons his career required a change of scenery. His final year in the North Star organization, 1970-71, was a very successful one for Johnston, even if he did spent just one game in the NHL. In the minors that year he scored 56 points in 69 games and captured the Eddie Shore Award as the American Hockey League's outstanding defenseman.

Despite his performance with their farm club, the North Stars traded Johnston to the Montreal Canadiens in the summer of 1971, but he did not remain with the club very long. Before he could head to camp with his new club, he was on the move again when the Canadiens shipped him to California Golden Seals in exchange for cash.

With the struggling Seals, Johnson was able to win a full-time job for the first time in his NHL career. He spent the next three years patrolling the blue line for California, and enjoyed solid offensive production in 1972-73 when he scored 10 goals and 30 points for the Seals. The following season was his last as a player, but his involvement in the game continued for decades after his final lap around the rink.

Johnston returned to his alma mater and became the head coach of the University of Denver following his retirement and continued the success he began as a player years before. In his four years behind their bench he guided them to a WCHA title and captured coach of the year honours.

He then moved to the NHL by joining the Colorado Rockies as an assistant General Manger and assistant coach in 1981. This stint also included a brief run as the team's head coach as well. When the franchise was relocated to New Jersey, Johnston remained with the club and eventually ascended to the job of Director of Player Personnel, a position he held for ten years.

He then joined the Ottawa Senators organization in 1996 and held the same position before being named the club's General Manager for the 1999-00 season.

Also around this time Johnston was honoured for his outstanding career with the Canadian National Team by being named to the International Ice Hockey Federation's Hall of Fame.

After three years at the helm of the Senators, Johnston announced his retirement so he could spend more time with his wife Barbara and daughters Jill and Amy.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1957-58 Prince Albert Mintos SJHL 49 20 29 49 21 5 0 0 0 2
1958-59 Prince Albert Mintos SJHL 48 31 24 55 17 5 1 0 1 4
1959-60 University of Denver WCHA
1960-61 University of Denver WCHA 14 4 7 11
1961-62 University of Denver WCHA 12 7 11 18 8
1962-63 University of Denver WCHA 14 6 12 18 8
1963-64 Canada Nat-Tm
1963-64 Canada Olympics 7 0 3 3 6
1964-65 Canada Nat-Tm
1964-65 Winnipeg Maroons SSHL 2 1 2 3 0
1965-66 Canada Nat-Tm
1965-66 Canada WEC-A 7 3 3 6 4
1966-67 Canada Nat-Tm
1966-67 Canada WEC-A 7 2 2 4 0
1967-68 Winnipeg Nationals WCSHL 5 13 18 10
1967-68 Canada Olympics 7 2 5 7 2
1967-68 Minnesota North Stars NHL 7 0 0 0 0 +1
1968-69 Minnesota North Stars NHL 13 0 0 0 2 -2
1968-69 Cleveland Barons AHL 53 6 20 26 31 5 0 4 4 4
1969-70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 28 0 5 5 14 +1 6 0 0 0 2
1969-70 Iowa Stars CHL 50 1 25 26 42
1970-71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1970-71 Cleveland Barons AHL 69 11 45 56 45 8 0 6 6 4
1971-72 California Golden Seals NHL 74 2 11 13 4 -27
1972-73 California Golden Seals NHL 78 10 20 30 14 -1
1973-74 California Golden Seals NHL 50 2 16 18 24 -45
NHL Totals 251 14 52 66 58 6 0 0 0 2


AHL First All-Star Team (1971)
Eddie Shore Award (Outstanding Defenseman - AHL) (1971)
Rights traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers for cash, June 8, 1967. Traded to Montreal by Minnesota for Bob Murdoch to complete transaction that sent Danny Grant and Claude Larose to Minnesota (June 10, 1968), May 25, 1971. Traded to California by Montreal for cash, August 31, 1971.
Served as Director of Playing Personnel for New Jersey, 1985-1993.
Spent 1993-1995 as CEO of CIPRO, a professional scouting network jointly owned by the NHL's Dallas, Philadelphia, Hartford and Winnipeg franchises.
Served as Director of Player Personnel for Ottawa, 1996-1999.
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