University of North Dakota hockey great Greg Johnson dies at 48

Johnson played at UND from 1989 to 1993.
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Greg Johnson, the all-time leading scorer in University of North Dakota men's hockey history, has died at the age of 48. 

Details of how he died haven't been announced, but the Chronical-Journal out of his hometown in Thunder Bay, Ontario – located about an hour from the Minnesota border – reports that Johnson died Monday in Detroit. 

Johnson starred at UND from 1989 to 1993 and racked up 272 points in 155 games. He's still No. 1 on the historic hockey program's scoring list, and UND's all-time leader in assists with 198. 

"The UND hockey family is saddened to learn of Greg Johnson's passing," UND coach Brad Berry said in a statement. "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."

The captain of the team formerly known as the Fighting Sioux (now the Fighting Hawks) was drafted 33rd overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1989. He scored in his NHL debut for the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 5, 1993 and went on to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators, where he was a team captain. 

In 12 NHL seasons, Johnson scored 145 goals and 224 assists and won a silver medal with the Canadian Olympic Team in 1994. 

Johnson retired from the NHL in 2006 after being diagnosed with a hereditary heart condition.

He was inducted into UND's Hall of Fame in 2013. 

Johnson's brother, Ryan Johnson, played 13 seasons in the NHL and is now the senior director of player development with the Vancouver Canucks.

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