USA Hockey's Jim Johannson has died

Johannson was the general manager of the U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team

Paul Hamilton
January 21, 2018 - 12:31 pm

Photo: Geoff Burke - USA TODAY Sports


(WGR 550) - USA Hockey was shaken to its core on Sunday with the news of the death of Jim Johannson. The 53-year-old was the assistant executive director of USA Hockey and the general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team.

Johannson had been to Buffalo many times for USA Hockey events and always loved coming here.

Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula tweeted out:

Sabres head coach Phil Housley was very close to Johannson, who hired him to coach Team USA to the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. Housley had just found out about Johannson's death after practice and was too upset to talk. He tweeted out:

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is from Minnesota, where Johannson grew up. He tweeted:

Once he got to Calgary, Jack Eichel tweeted: 

Johannson played his college hockey at Wisconsin, and won a NCAA championship in 1983. He played for the U.S. Olympic team in 1988 and 1992.

He was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the seventh round of the 1982 Entry Draft, but never played a NHL game. He did play in the old IHL with Salt Lake, Indianapolis and Milwaukee.

Johannson came to USA Hockey in 2000 as manager of international activities. He was senior director of hockey activities from 2003-2007 and then became assistant executive director of hockey operations. 

Johannson was to leave very soon for South Korea as the general manager of Team USA.

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