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Johnny Wilson, a long-time NHL winger who played in 580 consecutive games, died on Tuesday after a battle with lung disease. He was 82.

“My uncle, Johnny Wilson, passed away this morning at 82 yrs,” his nephew, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson, posted on Twitter on Tuesday morning.

“He was a warrior thru & thru, right to the end. Our family will miss him dearly.”

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Johnny Wilson played in 688 regular season NHL games (161 goals, 171 assists) with Detroit, Chicago, Toronto and the New York Rangers. He was part of a dynasty in Detroit, winning the Stanley Cup four times (1950, ’52, ’54 and ’55).

The Kincardine, Ont., native became a coach in retirement, with stops in the AHL, WHA and NHL. His longest NHL stint was with Pittsburgh.

“Johnny coached the Penguins for three seasons from 1977-80 and is remembered here for his work ethic…

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