Former Red Wing Greg Johnson dies at 48; no cause given
Former Red Wing Greg Johnson died at his home at in metro Detroit on Monday at the age of 48.
Johnson, a center, played with Detroit from 1993-97. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Tomas Sandstrom at the trading deadline in 1997.
Johnson had 33 goals and 48 assists for 81 points in 177 games for the Red Wings and spent his final seven NHL seasons in Nashville, where he served as the Predators’ captain.
Johnson’s career totals were 785 games over 12 seasons, with 145 goals and 224 assists for 369 points.
He is the all-time leading scorer for the University of North Dakota and the only three-time Hobey Baker finalist in school history.
Johnson is survived by his wife and two children.
"The UND hockey family is saddened to learn of Greg Johnson's passing," UND coach Brad Berry told the Grand Forks Herald. "Our heart-felt sympathies and thoughts are with Greg's family and loved ones at this difficult time. He was a Hall of Fame athlete and, more importantly, a Hall of Fame man. He will be greatly missed."
Johnson was selected 33rd overall by Philadelphia in the 1989 draft but never appeared in a game for the Flyers.
Johnson’s younger brother, Ryan Johnson, played 13 seasons in the NHL (1997-2011) with five teams.