- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 8, 2001

Calle Johansson, the captain of Team Sweden in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games, has been picked to represent his country again in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
Sweden also named Boston's P.J. Axelsson and San Jose's Niklas Sunstrom to the team.
Johansson will begin his club-record 14th season with the Washington Capitals this fall. He holds several club records and, barring injury, this season likely will break Kelly Miller's team mark of 940 games played with the Caps. The defenseman has played 890 games for Washington since he was acquired in a trade from Buffalo in 1989.
Along with his NHL accomplishments, Johansson has appeared in international tournaments for Sweden. Besides the Olympics, he was a member of Team Sweden during the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and was on that tournament's first all-star team. He also has played on a Swedish team that won the world championship.
Johansson is one of three Caps picked to represent their respective countries in the Olympics. Sergei Gonchar, who won a silver medal in Nagano, will play for Russia, and Jaromir Jagr will play for defending champion Czech Republic.
Two other Caps also will make Olympic appearances if their countries get through a qualifying tournament Peter Bondra for Slovakia and Olie Kolzig for Germany.
Meanwhile, the Caps announced yesterday that they had re-signed restricted free agent left wing Mark Murphy to a one-year contract. Murphy led the Portland (Maine) Pirates last season in scoring with 29 goals and 70 points.

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