Yesterday, the hockey world lost Jim Johannson, the USA Olympic men’s hockey General Manager. The 53-year-old died in his sleep. Players, colleagues, and fans took to social media to mourn and express gratitude for his years in the industry.
We are devastated to announce that USA Hockey's Jim Johannson passed away early this morning. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his entire family. JJ will be greatly missed, but always remembered for his immensely positive impact both on & off the ice. https://t.co/dOHdw6WjwP pic.twitter.com/lJcHMAuEjY— USA Hockey (@usahockey) January 21, 2018
We lost a true friend in Jim Johannson today.— Coach Tony Granato (@TonyGranato) January 21, 2018
He was so compassionate and as loyal a friend as you could have. He was the ultimate teammate.
I am deeply saddened and shocked and sorry that he is no longer with us.
He was a special human being. pic.twitter.com/vGAR4ZTFu2
Commissioner Bettman statement on the passing of USA Hockey’s Jim Johannson. https://t.co/6KvQSIAuZy pic.twitter.com/Opreb92sMu— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 21, 2018
Spoke to Jim Johannson recently about putting together this year's Olympic team. It was a process he loved. Best part was being able to tell these guys their Olympic dream was coming true: "I had two of the most fun days I've ever had at USA Hockey."— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) January 21, 2018
Thanks for your friendship and leadership as you always lead @usahockey with your heart and soul! You will truly be missed Jim Johannson— Justin Abdelkader (@justinabss) January 21, 2018
Jim Johannson was an amazing person. JJ was synonymous with USA Hockey and its leadership. My condolences to his family. You will be missed but not forgotten. Rest In Peace— Kyle Okposo (@bookerT2116) January 21, 2018
It has been a very difficult day attempting to process the the news of the sudden passing of Jim Johannson. Personally, JJ was a mentor and and friend that had a significant impact on me as a hockey player and a person.— Jack Eichel (@Jackeichel15) January 21, 2018
JJ was the glue of USA Hockey. His presence spoke
Shocked and saddened this morning hearing of the passing of Jim Johannson. You will truly be missed at USA Hockey and throughout the hockey world. Thank you JJ for giving me the opportunity to live out a dream of mine. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.— Brady Skjei (@BradySkjei) January 21, 2018
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Johannson. JJ was the engine of USA Hockey and made every national team experience of mine incredibly memorable. Sincere condolences to his family and all of USA Hockey. https://t.co/lvwh891lpX— Blake Wheeler (@BiggieFunke) January 21, 2018
I am saddened by the news of the loss of USA Hockey's Jim Johannson. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family!— Brianna Decker (@Bdecker14) January 21, 2018
"He represented @USAHockey so well...He was just a workhorse and loved what he did." — Ryan Suter on Jim Johannson.— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) January 21, 2018
More from Zach Parise, Jason Zucker and Suter. pic.twitter.com/LHxxockfOM
I am deeply saddened by the passing of JJ. @usahockey and the entire hockey community lost an incredible friend & ambassador today. Thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time.— Joe Pavelski (@jpav8) January 21, 2018
You can read more about Johannson below, along with Sharks news and notes from around the web.
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Here’s the blood in the water from the rest of the league:
Jim Johannson, General Manager of U.S. Men’s Hockey Team, Dies at 53 - The New York Times
Johannson selected the American team that will compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics, which begin in less than three weeks.
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