August 8, 2020

Caps Assistant Coach Change: Woods Out, Johnson In

The Washington Capitals have replaced Assistant Coach Bob Woods for former Capitals Defenseman Jim Johnson. Woods was behind the Caps’ bench with new Head Coach Dale Hunter tonight.

Evidently, Peter Bondra is happy with the news.

*Updated: Jim Johnson is on Twitter!

Assistant Coach Bob Woods last game behind Caps bench (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Here is a little gem (thanks to @globalcapsfans):

Capitals Official Press Release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 30, 2011

Capitals Name Jim Johnson Assistant Coach

Former Capitals Defenseman Coached at Norfolk and Tampa Bay

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have named Jim Johnson the team’s assistant coach, replacing Bob Woods, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Johnson, 49, took over as the head coach of the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) 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 assist coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2009-10 season.

The former defenseman played in 829 NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars, Washington Capitals, Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes from 1985-1998. Johnson tallied 195 career points (29 goals, 166 assists) and 1,197 penalty minutes. The New Hope, Minnesota, native appeared in 121 games with the Capitals from 1993-1996, collecting 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) and 89 penalty minutes.

Johnson will be available to the media following tomorrow’s practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at 11 a.m.

Bob Woods on ice at Kettler. Best of luck Bob! (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

About Cheryl Nichols

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events since 2006. Cheryl has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.


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