Boork takes over

Ostblom assistant coach for Swedish women

02.06.2014
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Leif Boork staged a coaching comeback as the assistant coach of the Swedish women’s national team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images

Leif Boork, who joined the Swedish women’s national team’s coaching staff as an assistant coach last season, will take over the position of the head coach and replace Niclas Hogberg, who was the head coach for four years.

Boork, 64, is the former head coach of the Swedish and Norwegian men’s national teams. He was coaching in top-level men’s hockey in Sweden, Norway and Finland for over 20 years before becoming a hockey expert on TV. His position as an assistant coach with the women’s national team in Sochi 2014 was a coaching comeback after five years behind the scenes.

Boork signed a contract for two years with an option for additional two seasons. His next big challenge is the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Sweden will host on home ice in Malmo. His team nicknamed Damkronorna will face Germany, Switzerland and a qualifier to be determined (Czech Republic or Japan) in Group B of the two-tiered preliminary round. Defending champion USA, Canada, Russia and Finland will start in Group A.

During the weekend at a women’s national team camp in Upplands Vasby, Boork also presented his new assistant coach on the women’s national team: Olof Ostblom. The 35-year-old was Boork’s assistant coach at Brynas Gavle from 2005 to 2008.

MARTIN MERK

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