Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
JOHNNY WILSON
KINGS HEAD COACH 1969-70

All-Time Kings Coaches | Current Kings Coaches

Johnny Wilson took over a Kings team that had struggled under Hal Laycoe in 1969-70, winning just five of the club's first 24 games. As a result, Wilson was named head coach on Dec. 14, 1969 and Laycoe stayed on with the club as the director of player personnel.

Wilson would fare no better, posting a 9-34-9 record over the last 54 games of the season as the Kings posted their worst record in franchise history at 14-52-10, for just 38 points. GM Larry Regan stepped behind the bench the following season firing Wilson on April 4, 1970, starting a coaching odyssey that saw him coach 14 different teams in a 14-year span.

Prior to joining the Kings, Wilson led the Springfield Kings of the American Hockey League from 1967-69, when he joined the Kings. He led Springfield to the playoffs as a rookie head coach in 1967, posting a 31-33-8 mark and a first-round exit in the AHL playoffs. The following year, Springfield missed the playoffs entirely, with a 27-36-11 mark. Wilson started the 1969-70 season, but when the NHL's Kings came calling, Wilson joined the coaching staff in Los Angeles.

Before joining the coaching ranks, Wilson was a left winger for the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers from 1949-50 until he retired following the 1961-62 season.

Wilson tallied 161-171=332 in 688 games, playing in the All-Star Game in 1954 and 1956, while winning four Stanley Cups with the Red Wings in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955. While with the Red Wings, he skated with his brother, Larry Wilson.

Wilson, at one time, held the NHL's Iron Man record, which has since been broken, playing in 580 consecutive games from 1952-1961, before breaking his collarbone, during training camp for the 1961-62 season, after which he retired from on-ice duty.

In the ensuing years, he became an extremely well-traveled coach, taking on 14 different posts over a 14-year period. His assignments included stops with the Ottawa Montagnards senior club, Princeton University, Springfield Indians, Los Angeles Kings, Tidewater Sharks, Detroit Red Wings, Indianapolis Racers, Michigan Stags, Baltimore Blades, Cleveland Crusaders, Minnesota Fighting Saints, Colorado Rockies, Team Canada, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Wilson retired from coaching in 1980, posting a 187-241-89 mark in 517 NHL games with the Kings, Detroit, Colorado and Pittsburgh. His nephew is former NHL player and former Anaheim, Washington and San Jose head coach Ron Wilson. Ron Wilson signed on to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008-09.

REGULAR SEASON POSTSEASON
YEARS
G
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
PCT
GP
W
L
1969-70
52
9
34
9
-
27
.260
-
-
-
TOTALS
52
9
34
9
-
27
.260
-
-
-