STOCKHOLM – Leif Boork, a former head coach of the Swedish and Norwegian men’s national teams, will join the coaching staff of the Swedish women’s national team for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The 64-year-old joins the staff of Niclas Högberg, who has been head coach since the 2010/2011 season, as an assistant coach and consultant.
“With his experience and knowledge in domestic and international ice hockey, Boork will be very helpful for head coach Niclas Högberg, the staff and the players,” said Tommy Boustedt, the Swedish Ice Hockey Association’s Director of Development and National Teams.
Boork was coaching at the top level of men’s hockey in Sweden, Norway and Finland for over 20 years. Most recently he was the head coach of Brynäs Gävle in the top Swedish league from 2005 to 2008, a year he finished with second-tier Almtuna Uppsala.
He was coaching senior teams in over 1,282 league games, led Djurgården Stockholm to the Swedish title in 1982 and MODO Örnsköldsvik to second place in the 1997 European Cup.
Boork coached the Swedish national team for two years. In 1984 he led the team to a second-place finish in the Canada Cup – the best result for the country in a Canada Cup / World Cup of Hockey event – while Tre Kronor had to settle with sixth place one year later at the 1985 IIHF World Championship.
Boork returned to the international stage in the ‘90s when he was coaching the Norwegian national team for four years. In his first season he took over the team in the 1998 IIHF World Championship B-Pool before the country hosted the 1999 IIHF World Championship and reached 12th place with one win in six games. He led the team for two more years in the top division until it was relegated in 2001 and Boork returned to coach Swedish club teams.
Since leaving active coaching five years, Boork has become one of Sweden’s most appreciated TV personalities, providing expertise on both national league and IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship broadcasts.