BREAKING: USA Olympian and GM died today, at only age 53

Our sincerest condolences to his family and the entire USA hockey program.

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Today, we learned some devastating news that will resonate around the hockey world - as one of the top executives in the USA Hockey program has passed away.

Jim Johannson, only 53, died today, after a storied hockey career.

Here's a press release from Michael Caples of

"In charge of USA Hockey’s players and coaches for all international competitions, Johansson has been a leader of American hockey’s representation on the world stage for quite some time.

He was serving as general manager for Team USA’s Men’s Team at the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

A two-time Olympian himself, Johannson played a leadership role for each men’s Olympic team since 2002. He worked closely with the National Team Development Program in Plymouth, as well."

Johannson was part of the 1988 and 1992 USA Olympic hockey team. He was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in 1982, but never cracked an NHL roster. 

Still - he was an incredibly respected and important member of USA hockey. He will have to be replaced as general manager for this year's USA men's Olympic team in Pyeongchang.

Rest in peace.