Capitals hire Johnson

Capitals hire Johnson
November 30, 2011, 4:42 am
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The remaking of the Capitals coaching staff continued late Tuesday night when the club announced Jim Johnson, a former teammate of Dale Hunters, has joined the staff.

Johnson, 49, will replace Bob Woods behind the bench and will be responsible for rotating the Capitals' defensive pairs.

Johnson served as head coach of the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League at the end of the 2009-10 season, finishing with a record of 15-5-0-2 (.727) in his 22 games behind the bench.

Prior to his time with Norfolk, Johnson was an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning at the start of the same season.

A former defenseman with the Capitals, Johnson played in 829 NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars, Capitals, Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes from 1985-1998.

Johnson totaled 195 career points (29 goals, 166 assists) and 1,197 penalty minutes in that time. A native of New Hope, Minn., Johnson appeared in 121 games with the Capitals from 1993-1996, collecting 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) and 89 penalty minutes.

Johnson is expected to be on the ice for Wednesdays practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.