The Washington Capitals announced Wednesday morning that the team has hired Calle Johansson as an assistant coach. Johansson joined new head coach Adam Oates as the team looks to build on a trip to the playoffs last season.
Johansson should be a familiar name to Caps fans. The defenseman holds the record for the most games played as a Capital, with 983 games between 1989 and 2003. He also holds team records for points (474) and assists (361) by a blueliner and ranks third on the franchise list for goals scored with 113.
Oates, Johansson and goalies coach Olie Kolzig were all part of the team that reached the 1998 Stanley Cup finals.
Since hanging up his skates, Johansson has worked as a broadcaster for both the Swedish Elite League and the NHL. He was an assistant coach for Frolunda for one season, 2006-2007, during that time.
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