The New Jersey Devils and Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero released the following statement on Jim Johannson.
Johannson was the assistant executive director of USA Hockey and the general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team, who sadly passed away suddenly this morning at the age of 53.
“JJ was a special person and I will never forget his selfless efforts on behalf of so many others,” said Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
“I am just one of the many people he impacted in a positive way in hockey and, more importantly, in life.
“I’m foever thankful to have known him and I will miss him dearly. Although he has sadly passed, I, along with many others, will never forget him.
“On behalf of the entire Devils organization, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his wife Abby, and his daughter, Ellie.”
Throughout his career, Johannson established relationships that people greatly valued and he had a special connection with countless Devils management, coaches, including Devils Head Coach John Hynes, players, alumni and staff.
Johannson dedicated his entire life to the game and his love for hockey was felt throughout the world. He was instrumental in advancing every level of youth hockey from the men’s and women’s programs, Learn to Play, American Development Model, Sled Hockey, and international hockey including Olympic, World Cup and World Championship teams. Per USA Hockey, teams he was involved with captured 64 medals in major international competition, including 34 gold, 19 silver and 11 bronze.