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Former Wing Greg Johnson Passed Away At Age 48

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Former Nashville Predators captain Greg Johnson, known for his soft-spoken, affable demeanor, died Monday morning at his home, according to a family friend.

The friend asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to disclose the information.

No cause of death was provided.

Johnson, 48, was taken by the Predators in the expansion draft. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round in 1989, though he never played for them and was traded to the Detroit Red Wings. After four years at the University of North Dakota and appearances with the Canadian National Team, he began his NHL career with the Red Wings in 1993-94.

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damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Wow! What a bummer for such a young man’s family. RIP and condolences.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/09/19 at 01:15 PM ET

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There has been no cause of death reported for Johnson, who played for the Wings from 1993-96 before being traded to Pittsburgh.

Johnson was drafted in the second round in 1989 by Philadelphia but never played for the Flyers, who traded him to the Red Wings.

The Wings traded Johnson to Pittsburgh for forward Tomas Sandstrom during the 1996-97 season, months before winning their first of two consecutive Stanley Cups.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/09/19 at 02:13 PM ET

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Well this is depressing news.

Nobody mentions it, but I could swear Johnson had some sort of non-hockey health issue that caused the end of his playing career in Nashville.  I wonder if it was related to that?  Regardless, it’s pretty awful news.

Posted by Primis on 07/09/19 at 02:35 PM ET

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P- an earlier tweet today from George Malik mentioned a heart issue.

I seem to recall that but did not want to go there without any substantial word on the cause of death.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/09/19 at 02:37 PM ET

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I was always a fan of Johnson. Could play all three forward positions and had underrated offensive skills.
I forget which season it was, but Bowman was away for health concerns so Barry and Lewis coached.
In those few games the coaches had Johnson playing RW with Yzerman and Shanahan.
They put up ridiculous numbers until Bowman came back and moved them off the same line.
Always felt Johnson would be a key contributor if given the opportunity.
He was a fun player to watch.

Condolences to his family and friends on their loss. RIP Greg.

Posted by Hank1974 on 07/09/19 at 03:04 PM ET

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48 is way too young. RIP Greg and condolences to the family and friends.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 07/09/19 at 03:10 PM ET

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He was a fun player to watch.

Condolences to his family and friends on their loss. RIP Greg.

Posted by Hank1974 on 07/09/19 at 03:04 PM ET

Yeah he was a depth C on a team with unbelievable centers in DET, and then we t to Nashville where they had like no depth or centers at all.  IN a better in-between situation he could have excelled, he was so good two-ways.

Posted by Primis on 07/09/19 at 03:42 PM ET

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RIP, Johnson.

Posted by SYF from Jackie Redmond's blue eyes on 07/09/19 at 03:55 PM ET

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Johnson was drafted in the second round, 33rd overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1989, but he broke into the NHL with the Wings in 1993.  During a phone conversation with team owner Mike Ilitch during training camp in 1993, then general manager Bryan Murray was giving his boss an update on the team’s younger players.

“Greg Johnson,” Murray said, “is just a tiny bit better than Steve Yzerman.”

Murray was having sone fun with Ilitch, but Johnson came to the Wings after starring at the University of North Dakota, where the 5-foot-11, 200-pound center was the all-time leading scorer with 272 points in four years.

Johnson played 177 games for the Wings, producing 33 goals and 48 assists.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/09/19 at 04:05 PM ET

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Very sad. Way too young. sick

Posted by bigfrog on 07/09/19 at 10:16 PM ET

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Nicklas Lidstrom tweet,

My heartfelt condolences go out to Greg Johnson’s family. What a great teammate. RIP

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/10/19 at 10:13 AM ET

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