USA Hockey announced earlier this morning that Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of USA Hockey and general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team, passed away in his sleep at his home in Colorado Springs.
“Tragic is such an understatement. We lost a great friend and partner. Someone who elevated the USHL and the entire sport of hockey in America,” said USHL Executive Chairman Ryan Schiff. “We will miss J.J. tremendously. On behalf of all our member clubs, our heartfelt condolences go out to his family.”
Johannson came to USA Hockey in 2000 after spending five years (1995-2000) as the general manager, and three years as the head coach (1995-98) of the Twin City Vulcans in the USHL. Under his guidance, the Vulcans captured the 2000 USA Hockey Junior A National Championship in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Among the numerous accomplishments during his tenure at USA Hockey, among the most significant were capturing 64 medals in major international competition, including 34 gold, 19 silver and 11 bronze; the launching and implementation of the highly acclaim American Development Model; and securing USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, as a home for all U.S. team to utilize.
For more information about the life of Jim Johansson, as well as to share your memories of J.J., please visit USA Hockey’s memorial page here.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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