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Tom Johnson, remembered here by The Gazette’s Red Fisher, at a National Hockey League function last June in Ottawa.
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A Norris Trophy winner, the steady defenceman won six Cups with the Canadiens before finishing his career as a player, then an executive, with the Boston Bruins.
Here’s a wonderful interview with Tom written about a year ago by Jim Barber of the Barrie Advance.
And a little anecdote, as borrowed from Dick Irvin’s 1991 book The Habs, with Johnson explaining how he played anonymously his first season wearing No. 10: "When I first came up we would play a lot of exhibition games all around Quebec, even during the season. They would introduce the players in the order of their numbers, and of course Rocket was number nine. The cheer he got would last a long time. I always say I used to skate out at the end of the Rocket’s cheer. They could never hear my name, so not too many people in those towns ever found out who I was."
Tom Johnson in a 1950s Canadiens team photo.
David Bier, Gazette files
Johnson behind the bench of the Bruins. He coached Boston to the Stanley Cup in 1971-72.
Allan Leishman, Montreal Star
Johnson arrives at Canadiens goalie Gerry McNeil’s crease to help foil a Chicago rush.
Courtesy Gerry McNeil
Johnson in the Canadiens 1955-56 team photo, the first of five consecutive Stanley Cup champions. He’s second from right in the middle row, between Kenny Mosdell and goalie Gerry McNeil.
Erle Schneidman, canadiensmemorabilia.com