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Jim (JJ) Johnston

Jim (J.J.) Johnston, from a Peterborough family of athletes, made a lasting mark in both lacrosse and hockey.

A prolific lacrosse scorer known for his stick wizardry, Jim led Peterborough Junior Teams to three Minto Cups from 1972 to 1974 and played on Mann Cup Championship teams in 1976 in New Westminster and in 1978, 1982 and 1984 in Peterborough.

In 1975, he was Rookie of the Year and a member of the first All-Star Team in the professional National Lacrosse Association. He finished his lacrosse career with a Professional Championship in 1986 with Guelph.

One of the most competitive players in the game, Jim was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1998 and into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1999. He scored 780 senior and professional goals, ninth on the all-time list, and ranks eighth all-time in points with 1,522. When he retired, he was first overall in goals and points in Mann Cup play.

Born in 1953, Jim played three years of Junior B hockey in Peterborough including winning a Gold Medal in 1970-71 at the Canadian Winter Games. When he moved up to the OHL’s Junior A Petes he set a rookie scoring record with 79 points. He played for nine years in the International Hockey League and won the league scoring title while playing for Flint, MI in 1978-79.

Jim was selected as Peterborough’s Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 1993 and he has coached minor and Junior B hockey where he was voted Coach of the Year in 1997.

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