Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Greg Johnson
Centre Greg Johnson was a clever playmaker with good speed and overall hockey sense. He was a successful college and international player before coming to the NHL. Although small in stature and not overly physical, Johnson has survived by using quickness and creativity to keep opposing defenders at bay.

Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Johnson recorded 96 points in 47 games for the local Flyers of the USHL in 1988-89. Following that explosive season he was chosen 33rd overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. Johnson went on to play four years at the University of North Dakota where he led the WCHA in assists twice and was placed on the conference First All-Star team three straight years from 1991 to 1993. He was also placed on the NCAA West First All-American Team in 1991 and 1993 and the Second Team in 1992. In June 1993 he was traded by the Flyers to the Detroit Red Wings.

Internationally he scored four goals to help Canada win the World Junior Championship in 1991 and later joined the national team program for a few weeks in 1993. He scored recorded three points and was a strong overall player for Canada at the 1993 World Championships.

He enjoyed a solid rookie season with the Red Wings in 1993-94 when he helped them finish first in the Central Division with 100 points. That year he was also loaned by Detroit to the Canadian National team for a month to participate in the Lillehammer Winter Olympics. He scored eight points in six exhibition games and played a solid defensive role at the tournament where Canada lost the gold medal game to Sweden in a shootout.

Johnson was a useful role player for Detroit over the next two seasons and recorded 40 points in 1995-96. Midway through the next year he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins and played well with his new club. Johnson was on the move again in October 1997 when he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks. He scored 33 points in 69 games and appeared to fit in well but was claimed by the Nashville Predators at the NHL Expansion Draft.

Johnson thrived on the extra ice time he received in Nashville and posted a career-high 50 points while helping to keep the team competitive all year. The next two seasons his point total dropped. After a solid season in 2001-02, Johnson was plagued with injuries in 2002-03 and was limited to a mere 38 games.

Coming off an injury plagued season, Johnson rebounded in 2003-04 and was instrumental in helping the club clinch its first ever playoff berth. In the summer of 2006 Johnson would return to the Detroit Red Wings as the club signed him as a free agent.

Despite signing with the Detroit Red Wings, Johnson announced his retirement prior to the start of the 2006-07 season. Johnson leaves the game having played 785 games tallying 369 points with four NHL clubs.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Thunder Bay Kings TBAHA
1988-89 Thunder Bay Flyers USHL 47 32 64 96 4 12 5 13 18 0
1988-89 Thunder Bay Flyers Cen-Cup
1989-90 University of North Dakota WCHA 44 17 38 55 11
1990-91 University of North Dakota WCHA 38 18 61 79 6
1990-91 Canada WJC-A 7 4 2 6 0
1991-92 University of North Dakota WCHA 39 20 54 74 8
1992-93 University of North Dakota WCHA 34 19 45 64 18
1992-93 Canada Nat-Tm 23 6 14 20 2
1992-93 Canada WC-A 8 1 2 3 2
1993-94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 6 11 17 22 -7 7 2 2 4 2
1993-94 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 3 2 4 6 0 4 0 4 4 2
1993-94 Canada Nat-Tm 6 2 6 8 4
1993-94 Canada Olympics 8 0 3 3 0
1994-95 Detroit Red Wings NHL 22 3 5 8 14 +1 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 18 22 40 30 +6 13 3 1 4 8
1996-97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 43 6 10 16 12 -5
1996-97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 32 7 9 16 14 -13 5 1 0 1 2
1997-98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 1 0 1 2 0
1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 69 11 22 33 38 -2
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 68 16 34 50 24 -8
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 82 11 33 44 40 -15
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 82 15 17 32 46 -6
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 82 18 26 44 38 -14
2002-03 Nashville Predators NHL 38 8 9 17 22 +7
2003-04 Nashville Predators NHL 82 14 18 32 33 -21 6 1 2 3 0
2004-05
2005-06 Nashville Predators NHL 68 11 8 19 10 +6 5 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 785 145 224 369 345 37 7 6 13 14


Brother of Ryan
Centennial Cup All-Star Team (1989)
WCHA First All-Star Team (1991, 1992, 1993)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1991, 1993)
NCAA West Second All-American Team (1992)
Traded to Detroit by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 5th round pick (Frederic Deschenes) in 1994 NHL Draft for Jim Cummins and Philadelphia's 4th round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Boston - Boston selected Charles Paquette) in 1993 NHL Draft, June 20, 1993. Traded to Pittsburgh by Detroit for Tomas Sandstrom, January 27, 1997. Traded to Chicago by Pittsburgh for Tuomas Gronman, October 27, 1997. Claimed by Nashville from Chicago in Expansion Draft, June 26, 1998.
Missed majority of 2002-03 due to concussion vs. Vancouver, October 21, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, August 14, 2006. Officially announced retirement, October 11, 2006.
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