John Edward Wilson set an NHL record by appearing in 580 consecutive games between 1951 and 1960 earned the nickname “Ironman.” He played on four Stanley Cup championship teams with the Detroit Red Wings in the 1950s.
Born in 1929 in Kincardine, Ontario
Grew up in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
Died in 2011 in Livonia, Michigan
Although born in Kincardine, Johnny Wilson grew up in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec where his father took on a job as a miner.
Johnny joined the Windsor Spitfires of the OHA in 1947. He finally caught on as a full-time Red Wing in 1952.
As a young player, I remember Ted Lindsay telling me to play through hurts, because there’s another guy sitting out there, waiting to take your job.
- Scored 161 goals and 171 assists in 688 regular-season games
- 27 points in 66 playoff games
- Won four Stanley Cups with the Red Wings
- Appeared in two all-star games (1954, 1956)
Wilson became an extremely well-travelled coach, taking on 14 different posts over a 14-year period. He returned to Detroit as coach of the Wings from 1971-73.
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