Calle Johansson

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Calle Johansson
Calle Johansson bild 06.JPG
Born(1967-02-14) 14 February 1967 (age 46)
Gothenburg, SWE
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
PositionDefence
ShotLeft
Played forBuffalo Sabres
Washington Capitals
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team Sweden
NHL Draft14th overall, 1985
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career1983–2004
 
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Calle Johansson
Calle Johansson bild 06.JPG
Born(1967-02-14) 14 February 1967 (age 46)
Gothenburg, SWE
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
PositionDefence
ShotLeft
Played forBuffalo Sabres
Washington Capitals
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team Sweden
NHL Draft14th overall, 1985
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career1983–2004

Carl Christian "Calle" Johansson (born 14 February 1967) is an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals and retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League between 1987 and 2004, most of it with the Capitals. He has worked as hockey colour commentator for Swedish Canal+ and worked as an assistant for six seasons for Frölunda HC in the Swedish Elitserien before returning to the Capitals organization.

Playing career[edit source | edit]

Johansson was drafted out of Sweden by the Buffalo Sabres, he was picked 14th overall by the Sabres in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. His first season, 1987–88, was a good one, as he compiled 38 assists and 42 points and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. However, the next season he was traded to the Washington Capitals along with a second round draft choice in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft for Clint Malarchuk, Grant Ledyard, and a sixth round draft pick in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

Johansson prospered in Washington, as he became one of Washington's best defenceman over the next 15 seasons. Although he was behind the shadow of higher profile defencemen in Washington, such as Scott Stevens, Rod Langway, Kevin Hatcher, Al Iafrate and Sergei Gonchar, he was a solid contributor for the club. In the 1992–93 NHL season, Johansson was part of the defense core in Washington that set a new record for team defence scoring. Although Hatcher, Iafrate and Sylvain Côté all scored over 20 goals, Johansson helped get to the record with his seven goals.

Johansson was part of the Washington team that made their improbable run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1998, but the Capitals were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings.

Johansson retired after the 2002–03 NHL season, but the Toronto Maple Leafs persuaded him to come back and help their team in their playoff run the next season. However, the Leafs failed to win the Cup, and Johansson retired for good after the playoffs.

Television career[edit source | edit]

After retiring the second time around, Johansson continued to work as a colour commentator and did studio analysis during game intermissions on Swedish Canal+. He was doing both Elitserien and NHL games and was one of the two main colour commentators at Canal+, the other one being former Tre Kronor coach Anders "Ankan" Parmström.[1] Canal+ lost the Swedish broadcasting rights for NHL to the Viasat Group ahead of the 2009–2010 season. Together with former Canal+ commentator Niklas Holmgren, with whom Calle has developed a great chemistry when commentating, they subsequently signed for Viasat where they now continue in the same manner as when at Canal+.

Coaching career[edit source | edit]

Johansson served as an assistant coach with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League in 2006-07. On July 18, 2012, Johansson was named an assistant coach to the Washington Capitals, joining former Capitals teammate Adam Oates behind the bench.

Awards[edit source | edit]

Records[edit source | edit]

Career statistics[edit source | edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1983–84Frölunda HCSEL2844810
1984–85Frölunda HCSwe-2308132116
1985–86IF BjörklövenSEL171234
1986–87IF BjörklövenSEL30213152061346
1987–88Buffalo SabresNHL71438423760110
1988–89Buffalo SabresNHL472111333
1988–89Washington CapitalsNHL12178461230
1989–90Washington CapitalsNHL708313925151674
1990–91Washington CapitalsNHL8011415223102798
1991–92Washington CapitalsNHL801442564970554
1992–93Washington CapitalsNHL77738455660554
1993–94Washington CapitalsNHL84933425961344
1994–95EHC KlotenSwiss-A51238
1994–95Washington CapitalsNHL46526313573140
1995–96Washington CapitalsNHL7810253550
1996–97Washington CapitalsNHL656111716
1997–98Washington CapitalsNHL731520353021281016
1998–99Washington CapitalsNHL678212922
1999–00Washington CapitalsNHL82725322451230
2000–01Washington CapitalsNHL76729362661232
2001–02Washington CapitalsNHL112028
2002–03Washington CapitalsNHL82312152260110
2003–04Toronto Maple LeafsNHL8066040002
NHL totals110911941653551910512435544

International play[edit source | edit]

Calle Johansson
Medal record
Competitor for Sweden Sweden
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Gold1991 FinlandIce hockey
Gold1992 Czech RepublicIce hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze1987Ice hockey

Johansson has played for Sweden in the following competitions:

International statistics[edit source | edit]

YearTeamEventGPGAPtsPIM
1983SwedenEJC52356
1984SwedenEJC54044
1986SwedenWJC71126
1987SwedenWJC60886
1991SwedenWC41126
1991SwedenCC61230
1992SwedenWC50004
1996SwedenWCH41568
1998SwedenOly40002
Junior int'l totals237121922
Senior int'l totals23381120

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Preceded by
Mikael Andersson
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
1985
Succeeded by
Shawn Anderson