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Four-time Cup winner Johnny Wilson dies at 82

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Johnny Wilson, a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings, has died. He was 82.

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson announced his uncle's death Tuesday on Twitter. The coach called him a "warrior thru & thru, right to the end." There was no immediate word on the cause of his death.

Johnny Wilson was born in Kincardine, Ont., and spent 11 years in the NHL with Detroit, Toronto, Chicago and the New York Rangers. He scored 161 goals and had 171 assists for 332 points in 688 games, along with 190 penalty minutes. Wilson was a member of Cup-winning teams with Detroit in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955. He was honored by the NHL in 1960 for an ironman streak at the time that totaled 580 consecutive regular-season games.

Wilson played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1954 and 1956. He was the brother of Ron Wilson's father Larry, who also played and coached in the NHL.

"The Toronto Maple Leafs are saddened to learn of the passing of Johnny Wilson, a former Leafs' player, an NHL coach and the uncle of Leafs' head coach Ron Wilson," the team said in a statement. "Johnny will be missed by the hockey community, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time."

Wilson also coached seven seasons in the NHL with Los Angeles, Detroit, Colorado and Pittsburgh.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
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