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