Marshall Johnston

Lawrence Marshall Johnston[1] (born June 6, 1941) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player, coach and executive. He played as a right winger for the Minnesota North Stars and California Golden Seals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also coached in the NHL for the California Golden Seals, Colorado Rockies, and served as general manager of the Ottawa Senators.

Marshall Johnston
Born (1941-06-06) June 6, 1941
Birch Hills, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Right wing
Shot Right
Played for Minnesota North Stars
California Golden Seals
National team  Canada
Playing career 19671974
Medal record
Men's Ice hockey
Representing  Canada
Olympic Games
1968 Grenoble
World Championships
1966 Yugoslavia
1967 Austria

Career

Johnston was an All-American player at the University of Denver prior to his NHL career, and later coached the Pioneers from 1977 to 1981. He also represented Canada at the 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games, serving as team captain in 1968. He broke into the NHL as a player during the expansion season of 1967–68. He would play parts of four seasons with the North Stars before moving to the California Golden Seals in 1971–72.

Upon retiring as a player, Johnston served as head coach the Golden Seals from 1973 to 1975 before moving to the NCAA, where he spent six seasons on the coaching staff of the University of Denver, including head coach from 1977 to 1981.

Johnston returned to the NHL in 1981, joining the Colorado Rockies as assistant general manager and assistant coach, soon being promoted to head coach. When the franchise relocated to New Jersey to become the Devils, Johnston remained with the club and was later named Director of Player Personnel, a position he held for ten years. In Colorado, Johnston clashed with head coach Don Cherry, a rocky relationship which has lasted to the present day.

Johnston then joined the Ottawa Senators organization in 1996 as Director of Player Personnel. In 1999 he was named the club's general manager, replacing the departing Rick Dudley. After three successful seasons at the helm of the Senators, Johnston announced his retirement so he could spend more time with his wife and family.

Johnston is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation's Hall of Fame.

Playing statistics

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1957–58  Prince Albert Mintos        SJHL    0   20   29   49   21
1958–59  Prince Albert Mintos        SJHL    0    0    0    0    0
1960–61  U. of Denver                NCAA    0    0    0    0    0
1963–64  Canadian National Team      Intl    0    0    0    0    0
1966–67  Canadian National Team      Intl    0    0    0    0    0
1967–68  Canadian National Team      WCSHL   0    0    0    0    0
1967–68  Minnesota North Stars       NHL     7    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
1968–69  Cleveland Barons            AHL    53    6   20   26   31   5   0   4   4   4
1968–69  Minnesota North Stars       NHL    13    0    0    0    2  --  --  --  --  --
1969–70  Iowa Stars                  CHL    50    1   25   26   42  --  --  --  --  --
1969–70  Minnesota North Stars       NHL    28    0    5    5   14   6   0   0   0   2
1970–71  Cleveland Barons            AHL    69   11   45   56   45   8   0   6   6   4
1970–71  Minnesota North Stars       NHL     1    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
1971–72  California Golden Seals     NHL    74    2   11   13    4  --  --  --  --  --
1972–73  California Golden Seals     NHL    78   10   20   30   14  --  --  --  --  --
1973–74  California Golden Seals     NHL    50    2   16   18   24  --  --  --  --  --
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         NHL Totals                        251   14   52   66   58   6   0   0   0   2

Source: hockeydb.com

Head coaching record

NHL

TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
GWLTPtsFinishResult
California Golden Seals1973–74 212172(36)8th in WestMissed playoffs
California Golden Seals1974–75 4811289(51)4th in Adams(fired)
Colorado Rockies1981–82 5615329(49)5th in SmytheMissed playoffs
Total125287720

College

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Denver Pioneers (WCHA) (1977–1981)
1977–78 Denver 33-6-127-5-01stWCHA Second Round
1978–79 Denver 20-20-314-16-26thWCHA First Round
1979–80 Denver 13-22-18-17-110th
1980–81 Denver 23-15-215-11-24thWCHA First Round
Denver: 89-63-764-49-5
Total:89-63-7

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Awards and achievements

References

  1. National Hockey League Guide and Record Book 1974–75 pg. 235
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Fred Glover
Head coach of the California Golden Seals
19741975
Succeeded by
Bill McCreary Sr.
Preceded by
Bert Marshall
Head coach of the Colorado Rockies
1981–1982
Succeeded by
Bill MacMillan
Preceded by
Rick Dudley
General manager of the Ottawa Senators
19992002
Succeeded by
John Muckler
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bob Johnson
WCHA Coach of the Year
1977–1978
Succeeded by
John Gasparini
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