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Assistant coach Johansson leaves Capitals for family reasons

Jun 24, 2014, 1:50 AM EDT


Calle Johansson is leaving the Washington Capitals for personal reasons, having re-joined the team as an assistant coach for the past two seasons.

“I’m really sorry,” Johansson told the blog Dump ‘N Chase. “We really liked it. It was a tough decision, really tough.

“The main reason was that our youngest daughter, Madeline, was going to high school over here in Sweden. And she missed one year, and that’s okay. But she didn’t want to miss any more and she really missed her friends. That was the main reason; so my daughter could go back to school in Sweden with her friends. That’s it.”

Johansson played 983 games for the Capitals from 1989 to 2003.

In other coaching news around the National Hockey League: The Anaheim Ducks have named Trent Yawney as an assistant coach, while the Carolina Hurricanes named Steve Smith as an assistant coach.

  1. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:54 AM

    FWIW both Kolzig and Dale Hunter have also “left” the Caps coaching staff due to “family reasons.”

    • canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      It’s a conspiracy.

  2. forsch31 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Hunter left mainly to return to the London Knights, the juniors team he owns, manages, and coached. Yeah, it’s a major family affair, but it wasn’t simply “family reasons”, because Hunter said that he wasn’t coming back to the NHL, with the Capitals or any other team. When he took the job, he only asked for a one-year contract, because he wasn’t sure about leaving London to coach in the NHL.

    Kolzig has not left the Capitals. He’s remaining on the coaching staff, probably as the associate goaltending coach, which was the position he held before Dave Prior was fired.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      While you’re right to an extent,…

      “I’m going home,” Hunter said at the Capitals’ practice facility, a couple of hours after delivering the news to McPhee. “I’ve got a good thing going there with the family, so I’ll stay home.”

      • forsch31 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        And the “good thing going there with the family” is the London Knights, which as I said, is a family affair. His Dad does scouting for the team, his brother Mark is co-owner and coached the team while Hunter was in Washington, and his son Dylan is an assistant coach. .

  3. pone27 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Whats the issue?

    Guy is leaving he Caps for his daughters upbringing/education.

    Good for him.

  4. rsl22 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Calle was great for an in-game interview, but not sure the loss will have any dramatic repercussions as to the on-ice product.

    Even if the loss was devastating, can’t fault a guy for putting family first.

  5. pr0jecktpat - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    I grew up watching him play, and I really liked this style. When I finally got to meet him he was one of the nicest players/people I had met. The guy knows what he is doing, but Oates handicapped everyone on that staff with his insistence of using a bad system/plan.

    I’m sure he will have no problems finding a coaching/assistant coaching gig in the elite league if that is what he wants to do. Can’t fault a guy for doing what is best for his family.

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