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Johansson retires from Capitals

Aug. 7, 2003 at 2:39 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Long-time defenseman Calle Johansson of the Washington Capitals announced his retirement on Thursday.

General Manager George McPhee says Johansson, 36, will accept a scouting position with the team.

"I am extremely pleased to be staying within the Capitals organization as I begin my next career in hockey," Johansson said. "Washington has been great to me for the past 15 years and I truly appreciate the opportunity to build on that. In pursuing free agency, I realized that it would be much too difficult to put on another team's jersey and I believe I made a great decision by staying with the Capitals."

Johansson is the Capitals all-time leader in games played with 983, a number he compiled in a team record 15 seasons with Washington. He is also the Capitals' all-time leader in points by a defenseman (474), assists by a defenseman (361), and power play goals by a defenseman.

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