Penguins’ Johnson Suffers Stroke, Doctors Say

From Staff and Wire Reports

Bob Johnson, coach of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, was in surgery late Thursday night after doctors determined that he had suffered a stroke.

Johnson, 60, was taken to Pittsburgh’s Mercy Hospital by ambulance at about 9:30 p.m. EDT. He had been at the hospital earlier in the day after complaining of not feeling well.

Johnson, who was coaching Team USA in the Canada Cup, returned to Pittsburgh from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Thursday afternoon. A hospital spokesman said Johnson had been complaining of feeling fatigued and ill during a two-week trip with the team.


Dr. Charles Burke, the Penguins’ team physician, said doctors decided to operate on Johnson after evaluating him Thursday night and that a neurologist, Dr. Dan Bursick, was performing the surgery.