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Born December 7, 1898(1898-12-07),
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Died June 16, 1979 (aged 81),
Silver Spring, MD, USA
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
210 lb (95 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
Pro clubs New York Rangers
New York Americans
Playing career 1925 – 1944

Ivan Wilfred "Ching" Johnson (December 7, 1898, - June 16, 1979) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played for the New York Rangers and New York Americans in the National Hockey League. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Johnson was regarded as one of the hardest bodycheckers to ever play the game.

Ching's NHL career lasted 12 years. He joined the New York Rangers during the 1926–27 NHL season, spending 11 seasons with the team. He was an important member of the Rangers teams that won Stanley Cups in 1928 and 1933. His last season in the NHL was with the New York Americans during the 1937–38 NHL season. During his NHL career he scored 43 goals, had 50 assists, and served 969 penalty minutes.

During games fans would yell "Ching, Ching Chinaman." Apparently, the nickname was not linked to his ethnicicity (he was of Irish descent). During summer camping trips along the Red River in Alberta, Johnson and his friends would hire a cook of Chinese descent on these week-long trips. At times, to save money, Ching would fill in as the group's chef, giving origin to the nickname.

After he left the NHL, his hockey days were not yet over. Ching took on the dual role of player-head coach for the Minneapolis Millers for 2 seasons and afterwards served as the head coach for the Washington Lions. His playing career ended with a stint in 1943-1944 with the Hollywood Wolves of the PCHL.

After his hockey career was over, Ching became a contractor in a construction business and later settled permanently in Maryland.

When, in 1978, it was announced that he had cancer, thousands of letters and cards poured into him. Ching Johnson died in Silver Spring, Maryland, on June 16, 1979, at the age of 81.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a Player in 1958.

Awards & Achievements

Playing career

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1919–20 Winnipeg Monarchs WSrHL 7 6 3 9 10
1920–21 Eveleth Reds USAHA
1921–22 Eveleth Reds USAHA
1922–23 Eveleth Reds AHA 20 4 0 4 26
1923–24 Minneapolis Millers USAHA 20 9 3 12 34
1924–25 Minneapolis Rockets USAHA 40 8 0 8 43
1925–26 Minneapolis Millers CHL 38 14 5 19 92 3 2 0 2 6
1926–27 New York Rangers NHL 27 3 2 5 66 2 0 0 0 8
1927–28 New York Rangers NHL 42 10 6 16 146 9 1 1 2 46
1928–29 New York Rangers NHL 8 0 0 0 14 6 0 0 0 26
1929–30 New York Rangers NHL 30 3 3 6 82 4 0 0 0 14
1930–31 New York Rangers NHL 44 2 6 8 77 4 1 0 1 17
1931–32 New York Rangers NHL 47 3 10 13 106 7 2 0 2 24
1932–33 New York Rangers NHL 48 8 9 17 127 8 1 0 1 14
1933–34 New York Rangers NHL 48 2 6 8 86 2 0 0 0 4
1934–35 New York Rangers NHL 29 2 3 5 34 4 0 0 0 2
1935–36 New York Rangers NHL 47 5 3 8 58
1936–37 New York Rangers NHL 35 0 0 0 2 9 0 1 1 4
1937–38 New York Americans NHL 31 0 0 0 10 6 0 0 0 2
1938–39 Minneapolis Millers AHA 47 2 9 11 60 4 0 2 2 0
1939–40 Minneapolis Millers AHA 48 0 4 4 26 3 0 0 0 2
1940–41 Marquette Ironmen NMHL
1941–42 Washington Lions AHL
1942–43 Washington Lions AHL
1943–44 Hollywood Wolves PCHL
NHL Totals 436 38 48 86 808 61 5 2 7 161

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