Calle Johansson, Then and Now

Posted July 18, 2012

One of the fun things about watching players over the decades is comparing how different they look now from their younger days. Newly-hired Capitals assistant coach Calle Johansson, who was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres 14th overall in 1985, once had a blond mop of Swedish hair (now sported by Nicklas Backstrom), as pictured on Take note, Filip Forsberg, this is how it’s done.

Via the Caps:

Johansson, 45, holds the record for the most games played as a Washington Capital, appearing in 983 games with Washington from 1989-2003. Johansson holds Washington records for points (474) and assists (361) by a defenseman and ranks third in goals (113) all-time. He was an alternate captain with Washington during the 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2002-03 seasons. Johansson along with current Capitals head coach Adam Oates and associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig, played for the Capitals team that reached the 1998 Stanley Cup finals. He helped the Capitals reach the playoffs in 11 of his 15 seasons with Washington and holds franchise playoff records for games played (95) and points (54) by a defenseman.