BREAKING: Former Predators captain Greg Johnson passes away

Former Nashville Predators captain Greg Johnson, known for taking Nashville's first faceoff in history, has passed away at the age of 48.

The cause of death hasn't been revealed, but there are rumors that it may have been caused by a hereditary heart abnormality that caused him to retire from professional hockey before the 2006-07 campaign.

Johnson was drafted in the second round by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1989. He was then taken in the expansion draft in 1998 after playing for several franchises that include the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Detroit Red Wings.

He was the Predators' captain for 4 seasons and is still the franchise record holder for short-handed goals (11) and short-handed points (17).

Johnson is survived by his wife and two children.

His younger brother Ryan played 13 seasons in the NHL and is now a part of the Vancouver Canucks staff. 

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