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Greg Johnson, who played for Nashville Predators and three other NHL teams, dies at 48

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.

Greg Johnson was taken by the Nashville Predators in the expansion draft and was team captain from 2002-06. (Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP)

He also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks before playing his final seven seasons with the Predators.

He finished with 145 goals and 369 points in 785 games, including a career-best 50 points in his first season in Nashville in 1998-99. He was Predators captain from 2002-06.

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