Johnny Wilson dies at age 82

Updated: December 27, 2011, 2:25 PM ET
Associated Press

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

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Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesJohnny Wilson, seen in 2008, helped the Red Wings win four Stanley Cups in the 1950s.

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 cause of death.

Johnny Wilson was born in Kincardine, Ontario, and spent 11 years in the NHL with Detroit, Toronto, Chicago and the New York Rangers. He had 161 goals and 171 assists in 688 games.

Wilson coached seven seasons in the NHL with the Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Wilson won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955. He was honored by the NHL in 1960 for an iron man streak at the time that totaled 580 consecutive regular-season games.


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