NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Former Nashville Predators captain Greg Johnson died on Monday at his home in the Detroit area, friends close to the family told The Chronicle Journal newspaper in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He was 48.
Johnson was captain of the Nashville Predators from 2002-06. A center, he had 238 points (93 goals, 145 assists) in seven seasons with the Predators from 1998-2006. He had a career-high 50 points (16 points, 34 assists) in the Predators’ inaugural season in 1998-99.
He was selected by Nashville in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft from the Chicago Blackhawks and was alternate captain from 1999-2002.
The Nashville Predators released a statement about Johnson's death:
“The entire Nashville Predators organization is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Greg Johnson. Greg was an original Predator, coming to us in the expansion draft and serving as the team’s second-ever team captain, and first Predators captain to lead the team to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. During his time in Nashville, he was a consummate professional and terrific teammate who was an integral part of our community and in developing the Predators culture that we experience today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Kristin and his daughters Carson and Piper. We offer our full support to them at this very difficult time."
Johnson was originally selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round in the 1989 draft. He finished his career with 369 points (145 goals, 224 assists) in 785 regular-season games with the Predators, Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.
He was a member of the 1994 Canadien team that won the silver medal in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
Former National Hockey League player and Thunder Bay native Greg Johnson, 48, passed away on Monday in Detroit, according to friends close to the family.— cjsports_tb (@cjsports_tb) July 9, 2019