Johnston started his National Hockey League career with the Minnesota North Stars in 1968, but spent most of his time in the minors until 1971, when he became a front-liner for the California Golden Seals. His high water mark came during the 1972 through 1974 period, when for a Golden Seals team savaged by defections to the World Hockey Association he rose to the forefront, leading the team in goals both seasons with 27 and 28 respectively and being named to play in the All-Star Game in 1973, 1974 and 1975. As virtually the Seals' only star, he was named team captain in the fall of 1973.
However, his production in the 1975 season was half that of the year before, and he was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks for the 1976 season. With Chicago, his scoring touch deserted completely, managing only five assists in 32 games, and he finished the season in the minor leagues, retiring thereafter.
He finished his NHL career with 85 goals and 106 assists for 191 points in 331 games, adding 320 penalty minutes.
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