Johnny Wilson, a four-time Stanley Cup winner with Detroit, dead at 82

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

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson announced his uncle’s death on Twitter.

“My uncle, Johnny Wilson, passed away this morning at 82 yrs.He was a warrior thru&thru, right to the end.Our family will miss him dearly,” Ron Wilson tweeted on Tuesday.

A native of Kincardine, Ont., Johnny Wilson scored 161 goals and added 171 assists in 688 games with Detroit, Toronto, Chicago and the New York Rangers.

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He added 14 goals and 13 assists in 66 playoff games.

Wilson won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955. He was also honoured by the NHL in 1960 for a then-record ironman streak that totalled 580 consecutive regular-season games.

Following his playing career, Wilson coached seven seasons in the NHL with Los Angeles, Detroit, Colorado and Pittsburgh. He also coached with Cleveland, Michigan and Baltimore of the WHA.