The Capitals announced today that they’ve named former Caps defenseman and alternate captain, Calle Johansson, an assistant coach.
“It just felt right,” Johansson said on a conference call with reporters.
Johansson, who is from Goteberg, Sweden, played in 983 games for the Capitals which is a team record from 1989 to 2003. He also holds the team defensive records for points (474) and assists (361) and had 113 goals during his time as a Capital. Johansson played in a total of 1109 regular season NHL games and besides the Capitals, he also played for the Sabres and Maple Leafs. Johansson played in 105 NHL playoff games and had 12 goals and 43 assists in the postseason.
“A great hockey team, has great potential,” Johansson said on the Caps.
Johansson, 45, played in the 1997-1998 Capitals that went to the Stanley Cup and was a teammate of Capitals Head Coach Adam Oates and associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig.
“He does not want to sacrifice any defense to become an offensive team,” Johansson said on what Oates told him.
Johansson has limited coaching experience, only was an assistant coach for one season for Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League during the 2006-2007 season. Besides his one year coaching, Johansson has been a color commentator for Swedish television during the Swedish Elite League.
“Unfinished business for me is that I don’t have a cup,” Johansson said.
The Capitals still have one vacant assistant coaching position remaining.
Listen here to what new assistant coach Calle Johansson had to say on a conference call with the DC media today.