Former Nashville Predators Captain Greg Johnson Passes Away

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Former Nashville Predators Captain Greg Johnson Passes Away

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

Johnson later called his time in Nashville the "best years of my life" in an interview with the Nashville Post.

Greg Johnson, who played for the Detroit Red Wings from 1993-1997, has died, according to his hometown newspaper, the Chronicle-Journal of Thunder Bay, Ontario. He finished his career with 272 career points in 155 games, which includes a WCHA-record 198 assists.

Originally taken by the Philadelphia Flyers, Johnson - a centre - was the 33rd overall pick in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft out of the USHL's Thunder Bay Flyers. 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, 48, broke into the National Hockey League with Detroit in 1993 after leaving the University of North Dakota as the school's all-time leading scorer with 272 points in four years (a record that still stands).

Johnson was on the 1994 Canadian Olympic team that earned a silver medal in Lillehammer, Norway.

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

He served as captain of the Predators for several seasons. From 1998-05, Johnson had 238 points (93 goals, 145 assists) in 502 career games with the organization.

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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