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Ivan 'Ching' Johnson

Ivan Wilfred Johnson (1898-1979) was a 17-year-old student when he enlisted as a driver in the Third Division Ammunition Company of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in January 1916. Like so many other striplings of his day, Johnson fibbed, adding a year to his true age.


After surviving the war Johnson distinguished himself as four-time all-star in the National Hockey League. He played a dozen seasons, all in New York, eleven with the Rangers and a final season with the NY Americans. In 1931 he was runner-up, to Howie Morenz, in voting for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the league's Most Valuable Player.


Perhaps his time in the war had made 'Ching' a tad combative: He was known as 'Ivan the Terrible' around the NHL because of his rugged, bruising style. In all but three of his eleven seasons with the NY Rangers he led the team in penalty minutes. Johnson was twice a Stanley Cup winner -- in 1928 and 1934.


Ivan Johnson was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958.

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Taken on November 2, 2011