REYKJAVIK – Ice Hockey Iceland announced that Tim Brithén from Sweden will be the new head coach of the Icelandic men’s national team.
Brithén follows after other international coaches like the Finn Richard Tahtinen, the Dane Olaf Eller and most recently the American David MacIsaac.
The 35-year-old played as a defenceman in lower divisions in Sweden and started coaching in 2002. He has the highest coaching diploma within the Swedish Ice Hockey Association and was mostly working in the youth department of Linköpings HC where he coached teams in the top-tier U18 and U16 leagues. Last season he coached Olofströms IK in the third-tier men’s league.
The Icelandic national team will participate in the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A in Belgrade, Serbia, 9-15 April 2014 where it will face Estonia, Belgium, Australia, Serbia and Israel. Last season the Icelanders finished in third place.