Former Bruins Coach Dies

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Tom Johnson, a hockey hall of famer who coached the Boston Bruins to their last Stanley Cup championship in 1972, has died.

A team spokesman says Johnson died Wednesday at his Falmouth home. He was 79.

Harry Sinden called Johnson the "ultimate friend, mentor, confidant and teacher.''

Johnson first came to the Bruins as a player in 1963 after 15 years with the Montreal Canadiens. He helped the Habs win six Stanley Cups and won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman in 1959.

Following his playing career, he also served assistant general manager and vice president of the Bruins before retiring in 1998.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1970.

Johnson is survived by his wife, Doris, and two children. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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