BRØNDBY, Denmark – The Danish Ice Hockey Association extended the contract with men’s national team assistant coach Tomas Jonsson following the best-World Championship finish (eighth) in Germany. It was the wish of head coach Per Bäckman that Jonsson remain on the coaching staff.
Jonson, who last coached in Leksand, will move closer to Danish hockey as he will also be the new head coach of EfB Esbjerg and therefore be able to follow the Danish league more closely.
The 50-year-old is a member of the Triple Gold Club, the exclusive company of hockey players who won Olympic gold (1994), the World Championship (1991) and the Stanley Cup (1982 and 1983 with the New York Islanders).
In the 2011 IIHF World Championship, Denmark will face the Czech Republic, Finland and Latvia in its preliminary round group in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The Danish Ice Hockey Association also announced the coaching staff for its junior teams.
Todd Björkstrand, the head coach of the Herning Blue Fox, will also be the new head coach of the U20 team. He will be assisted by Per Holten Møller, the head coach of the Nordsjælland Cobras Rungsted.
The squad aims for promotion at the Division I Group B next December where they will play Austria, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, Croatia and Lithuania.
Morten Hagen (Hvidovre) was named new head coach of the U18 team. The assistant coaches will be Martin Struzinski and Frederik Åkesson.
Hagen and Struzinski have been on the coaching staff the last few years while Åkesson joins the association for the first time since ending his playing career in 2005. The former defenceman represented Denmark in 14 Worlds, including lower divisions.
Next April the team will participate in the Division I Group B against Belarus, Poland, France, Korea and Slovenia. Both the U20 and the U18 national teams are the second-seeded teams at this level and both events take place in Bled, Slovenia.