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Johnston Retires; Whitney Added as Pro Scout

by Terrell Williams / Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, NC Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team’s director of professional scouting, Marshall Johnston, has retired. Francis also announced that Ray Whitney has been added to the team’s full-time professional scouting staff.

“Marshall had a truly amazing career in the game as a player, coach and manager,” said Francis. “From the college level to the NHL and in international competition, he has had a lasting impact not only on the sport, but also on so many of the people in it. We wish him all the best for a well-earned retirement.

“Ray has done terrific work for us as a part-time scout, earning this position as a full-time scout. He had a terrific playing career that included a Stanley Cup in Carolina, and his knowledge of the game and our league is an asset to the organization.”

Johnston, 75, spent the past 11 seasons serving as Carolina’s director of professional scouting, his final position in an NHL career that began as a player with the Minnesota North Stars in 1967. In his playing career, the Birch Hills, Sask., native was an All-American and NCAA Champion at the University of Denver, represented Canada at two Olympic Games and appeared in 251 career NHL games with Minnesota and California.

Johnston began his coaching career immediately after his retirement as a player, serving as head coach for the California Golden Seals for two seasons and then the University of Denver for four years. Johnston returned to the NHL in 1981, where he served as Assistant General Manager for the Colorado Rockies, prior to being named Director of Player Personnel for that franchise following its move to New Jersey. In 10 years with the Devils, he helped to draft players including Martin Brodeur, Bill Guerin, Brendan Shanahan, Scott Niedermayer and Kirk Muller. He was hired by the Ottawa Senators in 1996, and served as that team’s General Manager from 1999-2002, never missing the playoffs. Johnston worked for the Chicago Blackhawks after his time in Ottawa, before joining Carolina in 2005, where he captured his first Stanley Cup championship in 2006.

In addition to his international experience as a player, Johnston coached Canada at the world championships in 1978, 1979 and 1982, and was named to the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998.

Whitney, 44, scored 385 goals and added 679 assists (1,064 points) in 1,330 career NHL games with San Jose, Edmonton, Florida, Columbus, Detroit, Carolina, Phoenix and Dallas. The Ft. Saskatchewan, Alb., native was selected in the second round (23rd overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by San Jose after leading the Spokane Chiefs to a Memorial Cup championship. He played in two NHL All-Star Games (2000, 2003) and appeared in 108 career playoff games, totaling 53 points (21g, 32a) and winning the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006. On March 31, 2012, Whitney became the 79th player in league history to reach 1,000 regular-season points, and he currently ranks 64th in NHL history in career points.

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