Former Predators captain Greg Johnson dies at 48

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2019

Johnson reflected on his career during a visit to Nashville two years ago.

Former Nashville Predators captain and Canadian Olympian, Greg Johnson, has died at the age of 48.

A cause of death is not being released at this time.

Johnson is the all-time leading scorer for the University of North Dakota. In 1991, Johnson played alongside the likes of Eric Lindros, Kris Draper and Scott Niedermayer as Canada claimed gold at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatchewan.

Johnson played an important depth role on those Red Wings teams until he was traded in 1997, right before the Wings won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 42 years.

Johnson entered the National Hockey League in 1993 after being drafted by the Flyers in the second round of the 1989 draft.

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Johnson was part of Canada's silver-medal-winning team at the 1994 Winter Olympics. After three-plus seasons there, he joined the Penguins for a couple of seasons before going to the Blackhawks for one year.

In the Nashville Predators first season, the team selected Johnson in the expansion draft.

He played 785 games over 12 seasons, collecting 145 goals and 224 assists. He also served as the Preds' captain from 2002-06.

Johnson, a center, appeared in 177 games for the Red Wings, picking up 33 goals and 48 assists. The memory of Greg Johnson will also remain with Nashville Predators fans everywhere.

Johnson will be remembered as one of the greatest players in Nashville Predators history and is survived by his wife and two children.

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