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Former Predators Captain Greg Johnson Passes Away at 48

Today is a sad day for hockey as former Nashville Predators captain, Greg Johnson, died Monday morning in his home in Detroit, Michigan. The cause of death is unknown. He was 48. 

The Thunder Bay, Ont. native was known to be one of the key players when the Nashville Predators started its expansion season. He took the first faceoff in franchise history and still holds the franchise record for short-handed goals and short-handed points.

Predators fans admired his loyalty and captaincy for the franchise. Johnson’s loyalty showed when he turned down more money to spend his last seven seasons (1998-2006) with the Predators. A heart murmur forced him to retire in 2006. 

His Hockey Career

Johnson was drafted in the second-round (33rd overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. The Flyers ended up trading him to the Detroit Red Wings for Jim Cummins and a fourth-round pick in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.  four years (1989-1993) at the University of North Dakota before his NHL debut with the Red Wings in 1993-94. Before being selected by the Predators in the expansion draft, he played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks. He finished his career with 369 points (145 goals, 224 assists) in 785 games. 

 

 

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