- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
CALLE HONORED When Washington played host to Columbus on Jan.3, defenseman Calle Johansson became the all-time leader in Caps games played with his 941st appearance. But management waited until the man Johansson passed was in the building to officially take note of the occasion.
Kelly Miller, now an assistant coach with the Islanders, was a wing for the Caps from the day he was traded from the Rangers, Jan.1, 1987, until he retired after the 1999 season. He held the record for games-played (940) until Johansson passed him.
"I remember when he was traded here from Buffalo [on March[ThSp]7, 1989]," Miller said. "He was well-liked right from the start, very easy to get along with, came to the rink with a smile every night ready to play. And those are great qualities. … I can't think of a better guy to break my record because Calle Johansson is the ultimate professional, a classy guy. He was like a brother to me for 12 years."
Including the Islanders game, the Swedish-born defenseman has extended the record to 945 Caps games; he has played 1,063 NHL games.
With his wife and three daughters looking on, Johansson was presented with an inscribed silver puck by Miller and a framed puck and the game sheet from his 941st Caps game by the team. His teammates presented him with a large screen plasma television.
KONO VISIT Caps captain Steve Konowalchuk will visit the Joe Gibbs-sponsored Youth for Tomorrow residential home for at-risk teenagers at 2p.m. today. The facility is on Linton Hall Road in Bristow, Va. Gibbs, now a successful owner of a two-car NASCAR team, started the facility while he was still coaching the Washington Redskins.
LONG TIME Jason Doig's goal against Florida on Saturday night was the second of his career and the first since his NHL debut, Oct.7, 1995, with Winnipeg. That's a span of 2,653 days between goals. Only one other player took longer, Cliff (Fido) Purpur. He scored his first goal during the 1934-35 season while with the St. Louis Eagles. His next goal came during the 1942-43 season with Chicago.
Dave Fay

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