Al Koken Calls Everybody Calle Johansson

Photo: Peter Hassett

Filling in for Joe B. has to be tough. It’s even harder when you have to do it on short notice, which Al Koken was forced to do on Sunday after Beninati fell ill. There are, after all, a lot of names to memorize in play-by-play. It seems Smokin’ Al, who flew into Nashville last night after doing yesterday’s game, remembered one name a little too well: Calle Johansson.

Three times during Sunday’s broadcast, Koken referred to people who are not named Calle Johansson by the name of Washington’s defense coach. He first did it during a scrum along the wall during regulation, when intending to talk about Nicklas Backstrom. In the shootout, things got wild. After the Zamboni (and it was a Zamboni) got stuck at the blueline, Koken named them Calle Johansson’s shootout picks, misplacing Adam Oates’s name.

A few minutes later, when Backstrom came in for his attempt, Koken talked about Capitals closer Calle Johansson. (At least they are both Swedish.)

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  • ChrisN

    I’m seeing a direct correlation between the lack of Joe B and the capitals play

  • Hockey mom

    That was funny! I am a bit under the weather, so was barely awake for this game, but between the news clips of the “RedWings v. Lightning” and everyone being called Calle, I thought I was loosing it!

  • Marky Narc

    Koken’s CallPlayerCalle% was off the charts last night.

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  • Kait

    Oh good, I wasn’t the only one who caught that. I thought I was going mental at first and then it happened a second time… All I have to say about this is: YOU’RE CALLE JOHANSSON, AND YOU’RE CALLE JOHANSSON, EVERYBODY IS CALLE JOHANSSON.

  • serpent

    Geez–if ever a game needed a giggle like this one did……….

  • Clint Petty

    Gustavo Noyquist, everyone’s favorite new Red Wing

  • Jimbo

    Can we add this to #fancystats?

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    Who knew Smokin Al Koken’s nickname was a literal narration of his pregame festivities?

  • Igor Kleyner

    Number 1!

  • R

    He also called Marcus “calle” at least once… I suppose that’s half right. I was waiting for him to call the preds first shooter in the shootout “Calle Jar….hansson”

  • Zach Evans

    This is going to be my go to thing when I’m feeling down and I need a laugh.

  • R

    oh… there was also a “Troy Wilson” in there too

  • Hawk31

    Was it just me or was he also calling them the National Predators all night too?

  • I do the Nashville/National goof all the time. Opening line of “Graceland” by Paul Simon.

  • OlietheGoalie

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that heard that. Maybe it’s just how he speaks, and he actually said “Nashville”? Either way, it was a weird game to listen to.

  • Sarah

    So maybe Smokin Al was just following the river down the highway through the cradle of the civil war?

  • rotating-earth

    he also called Tom Wilson, Troy Wilson

  • Shmoo

    Bad enough we haven’t yet fired Calle Johansson. Now everyone’s frickin’ Calle Johansson.
    Also, 5 pts from Gryffindor, Chris, for not using a “Being John Malkovich” reference. C’mon!

  • erinamanda13

    I think there should be a shirt…I am Calle Johansson.

  • Izu

    Watch as the Caps all come out wearing jerseys that say Johansson on them for warmups next game.

  • bskillet

    Al is awesome, maybe Calle should suit up? Also hope Joe feels better soon.