STOCKHOLM – Pär Mårts, head coach of the Sweden U20 national team for the past three years, has been named head coach of the men’s national team starting June 1. Bengt-Åke Gustafsson will lead his team through the Olympics and the World Championship in May, before stepping down.
“It’s a pure pleasure and an honour to get the opportunity to work with hockey at its highest level in this country. Working for Swedish hockey is both exciting, and a task that comes with great responsibility,” Mårts says.
Mårts will now finish the season with the under-20 and under-19 teams.
The future is wide open for Gustafsson who – thanks to the Olympic and World Championship double in 2006 and a World Championship bronze in 2009 – will leave his post as one of the most successful head coaches in Swedish history.
“It’s good to have it all out in the open now, so that we can focus on repeating that feat,” says Gustafsson.
“After that, I’m looking forward to getting back to coaching a club team,” he adds.
Mårts led Sweden’s under-20 team to two World Championship silver medals and a bronze in his three years behind the bench.