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Eddie Johnston's storied hockey career concluded in the most spectacular possible manner — winning the Stanley Cup.
Although Johnston will continue with the club in a reduced capacity, after serving the Pittsburgh Penguins for 25 years, he will reduce his role with the club substantially. "I won't be doing all the day-to-day duties, but I'll still be around," he stated.
But as incredible as it sounds, winning the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh this year is just one of the many highlights from an extraordinary career.
Born and raised in Montreal, Ed was part of the Montreal Canadiens' organization as a teenager, but was sold to the Chicago Black Hawks in September 1959. Although he attended Chicago's training camp that fall, no one was going to usurp Glenn Hall at that junction, so Ed played several seasons in the Western Hockey League, honing his skills and waiting for his break. It came when he was claimed by the Boston Bruins in June 1962.
The Bruins were a woeful club back then, finishing out of the playoffs for three straight years and going through netminders like water. But that, curiously, was good news for Eddie. He was able to step into the Bruins' crease and stayed there until May 1973. During that time, Johnston saw the team evolve from a perennial also-ran (they didn't make the playoffs in Ed's first five seasons with the team) into one of the most successful franchises of that era.