Tom Johnson Biography

hockey defenseman
Died: Nov. 22, 2007 (Falmouth, Massachusetts)
Best Known as: hockey defenseman, hall of famer, and Bruins coach

Hockey defenseman, hall of famer, and coach who led the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup title in 1972. Johnson played in Montreal and Boston as a defenseman and later became a coach and executive for the Bruins for three decades, retiring in 1998. During his 15 years playing for Montreal he helped them win six Stanley Cups including five from 1956-1960. He was named the National League's Top Defenseman in 1958-1959. Johnson was drafted to the Bruins in 1963. He played for Boston for two years before a leg injury forced him to retire in 1965. Johnson became the Bruin's coach in 1970 and led the team to 50 wins and the Stanley Cup in 1972.