Even though he only coached the Pittsburgh Penguins for a single season, Johnson is an important part of Penguins history, as he led the team to their first Stanley Cup victory in that season (1990-91).
"[It's] a Great Day for Hockey."
And he believed that, as a coach, you never ask a player to do something that you, as a coach, could not—which is why he posted the following sign on his office door:
Attitudes Lifted Team
"There are a lot of ways to coach," Mr. Johnson said last year of his coaching philosophy. "You can coach from fear, when it's 'you do it this way or you're gone tomorrow,' or you can develop pride in performance."Recently, a webpage went up appropriately called, "It's a Great Day for Hockey! A Tribute to Legendary Leader Badger Bob Johnson." It announces that an autobiographical book to be written by Tom Osenton (with the same title, I'm assuming) is in the works and asks readers to submit their personal stories about him:
Your stories - and those of hundreds of others around the world—will be collected and edited into a book that will show—not tell—the story of Badger Bob. Please help us build a lasting tribute to a man who gave much more than he took.Every day is "A Great Day for Hockey." However, it seems to be most appropriate each November 26 to honor a man who began building the foundation of the Pittsburgh Penguins, not only living by that motto but also embodying it—which is why I believe he would be proud of the team's accomplishments so far.