"Badger" Bob Johnson, 60, dies of brain cancer

Updated: October 14, 2005, 10:58 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Nov. 26, 1991

Six months after coaching the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup, Bob Johnson dies at 60 of brain cancer at his home in Colorado Springs, where he had been confined since undergoing an operation in August to remove a tumor.

Johnson was the first American to coach a Stanley Cup champion since World War II, and only the second to ever accomplish the feat (Bill Stewart did it with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1938). Before moving to the NHL, "Badger Bob" led Wisconsin to three NCAA championships. An optimist who lived for the game, he also coached the U.S. Olympic team in 1976 and was selected to coach the team again in 1992.

"Winning the Cup was the one unfinished thing in Bob's life," said Johnson's wife, Martha.