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Former Red Wings Coach, Player Johnny Wilson Dies At 82

Former Detroit Red Wings coach and player Johnny Wilson died on Tuesday at the age of 82, following a battle with lung disease. Wilson coached the Red Wings for 145 games from 1971-73, with a record of 67-56-22, but his key contributions came on the ice, when he played with the team. Wilson played 379 games, with 79 goals and 100 assists as a Red Wing, while being a member of four Stanley Cup championship teams in 1950, '52, '54 and '55.


The team put out a press release in which they announced Wilson's death and noted that they are mourning the loss. You can find the full press release here at Overall, Wilson played in two NHL All-Star Games and played in a total of 688 regular season games, with 161 goals and 171 assists. In a whopping 50 post-season games with the Red Wings, he had 11 goals and nine assists. He was the uncle of Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson and the brother of late former Red Wings coach Larry Wilson.