Greg Johnson, who was captain of the Nashville Predators from 2002-06, died Monday.

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  • Johnson is survived by his wife and two children.
  • He was 48.
  • No cause of death has been released yet.
  • Johnson, a center, had 238 points (93 goals, 145 assists) in seven seasons with the Predators from 1998-2006, including an NHL career-high 50 points (16 goals, 34 assists) in 1998-99.

“Greg was a big part of establishing the identity of the franchise,” former Predators goalie Chris Mason told USA Today. “… He was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. He was the kind of guy that Predators [officials] wanted their other players to be like on or off the ice.”

“The entire Nashville Predators organization is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Greg Johnson,” the Predators said in a statement. “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.”

“Greg was a big part of establishing the identity of the franchise,” said former Predators goalie Chris Mason.

 

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