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March 2018

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"Jim Johannson had a sharp eye for talent, a strong sense of chemistry and a relentless pursuit of excellence. As we mourn his loss, we will remember the positive outlook Jim brought to his tireless efforts to advance USA Hockey." Gary Bettman NHL Commissioner ••••••••• "He was so compassionate and as loyal a friend as you could have. He was the ultimate teammate. He was a special human being." Tony Granato 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Head Coach ••••••••• "USA hockey is a world power now because of people like Jimmy Johannson." Jeremy Roenick Two-time U.S. Olympian and 20-Year NHL veteran ••••••••• "He was totally committed to growing the game in this country and devoted his life to it with great success. The hockey world lost a giant. And, selfishly, I lost a good friend who shared a passion for the game and a zest for life." Bill Daly NHL Deputy Commissioner ••••••••• "USA Hockey lost Mr. USA Hockey." Keith Tkachuk U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer ••••••••• "I've known him since I was probably 10 years old. He helped a lot of young players get to where they are and helped kids grow up to be who they are." Ryan Suter Two-time U.S. Olympian and NHL Veteran ••••••••• "JJ loved USA Hockey, and had an encyclopedic knowledge of every single player who played in the program. Always cheerful with a huge workload. He will be almost impossible to replace." Brian Burke Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations ••••••••• "My heart is full of my memories of Jimmy and the laughs we shared. I'm talking to you now— I'm crying in my heart, but I'm smiling in my face. Because he always brought a smile to my face." Stan Wong Long-Time U.S. National and Olympic Team Trainer ••••••••• "Our sport was so lucky to have him. He was as good of a person you'll meet and he played such a significant role in helping move our sport forward." Ron DeGregorio USA Hockey Chairman of the Board ••••••••• "Today I lost a roommate, a teammate, a colleague and a great friend. One of my saddest days in a very long time as tears just keep rolling down my face. His presence in our sport will never be replaced and he will never be forgotten for all that he did. Peter Laviolette 1988 U.S. Olympic teammate and Head Coach of the Nashville Predators MARCH 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM // 9 3 U S A H O C K E Y N E W S , P E O P L E & P R O G R A M S ike everyone else in the hockey world, we are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of our teammate, colleague and good friend, Jim Johannson, who worked for USA Hockey for 17 years. There are really no words to describe the tremendous loss we feel at this moment, so we will let the rest of the hockey world speak for us. L "Jim Johannson was USA Hockey to most of the world. All the hockey federations in the world turned to Jimmy. He had his finger on the pulse of everything that was going on in the hockey world." Pat Kelleher USA Hockey's Executive Director "Jim's positive influence was enormous and will be felt for generations to come. Today, we are a medal contender every time we put a team on the ice for international competition, and he played a major role in helping us get to that point." Jim Smith USA Hockey President

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