E.J. Had The Best Seat In The House

With Gerry Cheevers not getting an invite to Team Canada because of his jump to the World Hockey Association, Eddie Johnston was the third goalie on the team.

Playing behind Tony Esposito and Ken Dryden, "E.J." never got into a minute of playing time. He however often dressed as the backup to either Esposito or Dryden, allowing for one of those two to rest fully when they were not playing.

E.J. did get to play in a 4-4 tie exhibition game against the Swedish National team. He played "exceptionally well" in that game

But Johnston didn't mind at all, and he thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to just be one of the guys and practice with the NHL's best.

"It's something that I'll never forget for the rest of my life," he wrote in Brian McFarlane's book Team Canada 1972: Where Are They Now? "Even though I've won Stanley Cups, I don't think that kissing Lord Stanley's old trophy ever had the impact on me that winning with Team Canada did that year."

1972 Summit Series.com Player Profile
 Team Canada
 #1 -  Eddie Johnston - Goaltender

Position: G
Catches: Left
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
Born: 11/24/1935 Montreal, Quebec
1972 NHL Team: Boston Bruins

Summit Series Statistics

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Other Team Canada Appearances - None

NHL Career Notes - A solid goalie from 1962 through 1978, Johnston won the Stanley Cup twice (1970 and 1972). 

Best known as a Boston Bruin, E.J. also played with Toronto, St. Louis and Chicago. More recent fans associate him as a coach, most notably with the Pittsburgh Penguins

Career NHL Statistics
Regular Season 592 234 257 80 3.25
NHL Playoffs  18 7 10 1 3.34


Book Feature
Read Ed Johnston's memories of the Summit Series in Team Canada 1972: Where Are They Now?  By Brian McFarlane $21.26 Cdn


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