Calle Johansson was named assistant coach of the Washington Capitals on July 18, 2012.
Johansson holds the record for the most games played as a Capital, appearing in 983 games from 1989-2003. Johansson holds franchise records for points (474) and assists (361) by a defenseman and ranks third in goals (113). Along with new coach Adam Oates, Johansson joins associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig as members of the Washington squad that played in the 1998 Stanley Cup Final. Johansson helped the Capitals reach the playoffs in 11 of his 15 seasons and holds franchise playoff records for games played (95) and points (54) by a defenseman.
Oates -- who replaced Dale Hunter on June 26 -- reached out to Johansson shortly after getting the job to gauge the latter's interest in joining the coaching staff. Although he's spent close to a decade in his native Sweden, the opportunity to return to Washington and work with a former teammate and close friend was too good to pass up.
"I've always admired Oatsy for his smartness and intelligence," Johansson said. "If you look at the teams he has been an assistant coach, he made those players better that he worked with. I only see an upside with Oatsy as a head coach. After talking to him and meeting up with him last week and a few weeks back, the energy and the willingness to do something good and how positive he is, it's just great to see. He's like a kid in a candy store with this job now. He loves to do this."
Johansson played in 1,109 NHL games, collecting 535 points (119 goals, 416 assists) and 519 penalty minutes. He originally was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round (No. 14) of the 1985 Entry Draft and was traded to Washington on March 7, 1989. He worked briefly as a scout for the Capitals before coming out of retirement to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of the 2003-04 season.
Johansson represented Sweden at numerous international tournaments, including the 1983 and 1984 (gold medal) European Junior Championships, the 1986 and 1987 (bronze medal) World Junior Championships, the 1991 Canada Cup, the 1991 (gold medal) and 1992 (gold medal) World Championships, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Following his playing career, Johansson became a color commentator and provided analysis for Swedish television for both the Swedish Elite League (SEL) and the NHL. He was an assistant coach for Frolunda of the SEL during the 2006-07 season before returning to broadcasting.
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday