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Thursday, November 22, 2007

R.I.P. Tom Johnson 1928-2007

The last Bruins coach to lead them to a Stanley Cup died yesterday. Tom Johnson, a hockey hall of famer, served in the Bruins organization as a player, coach, and executive from the 1960s to 1998. He was not as well known as other contemporaries such as Harry Sinden or Milt Schmidt, yet he coached the team from 1970-1973 during a stretch where the team was at its best with players such as Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, and Johnny Bucyk.

He actually has the highest win percentage in the history of the franchise at .738. capping it off with a Stanley Cup in 1972. Also, don't forget he coached the 1971 team, which ranks as one of the best teams in any sport to not win a world championship. That team shattered tons of records, but were upset in the playoffs by Montreal.

He will be missed. Tom Johnson was 79.

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