GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Former Swedish national team player Ulf Dahlen will take over the reigns of the Frolunda Indians in the Swedish Elitserien. Dahlen, who was the assistant coach with the NHL Dallas Stars since 2006, will have Jan Karlsson as his assistant.
After two disappointing seasons, during which the club fired three head coaches, Frolunda announced the signing of a coaching staff that most fans approve of.
Jan Karlsson, who left Frolunda two seasons ago for Linkoping and who has been the assistant coach with the Swedish national team, returns to Gothenburg to become the assistant of Ulf Dahlen, one of the few European coaches in the NHL.
Ulf Dahlen played 14 seasons and 1051 games in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, Dallas, San José, Chicago and Washington before he became an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars two years ago.
Dahlen led Sweden to the 1998 IIHF World Championship gold in Switzerland and also represented Tre Kronor in the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Dahlen represented Sweden on 74 occasions.
In the last two seasons, Frolunda fired coaches Stephan Lundh, Per Backman and Roger Melin. The Gothenburg club last won the national championship in 2005, but missed the playoffs in 2007 and was eliminated in the quarterfinal this season.
Frolunda has also recently announced that two front line players will leave the club, despite the fact that both are under valid contracts. Swiss centre Martin Pluss will go to SC Bern of the Swiss league, while Finnish national team defenceman Antti-Jussi Niemi signed with Russian club Lada Togliatti.