New coach for Danish women
by Martin Merk|19 SEP 2019
Peter Elander led Sweden to silver and bronze medals between 2005 and 2007.
photo: Matthew Manor / HHOF-IIHF Images
One Swede comes for another behind the bench of the Danish women’s national team as Peter Elander will replace Fredrik Glader.

Glader led the team to promotion to the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Canada – the first time since 1992 the Danish women will play at the top level – but accepted an offer to become sport director in men’s hockey at MODO Ornskoldsvik, a club with tradition that is currently playing in the second tier of Swedish men’s hockey. He will therefore finish his coaching stints in women’s hockey he had with the Danish national team and Lulea HF, which he led to three Swedish championships in the last four years.

Glader’s successor is no unknown in women’s hockey. 59-year-old Peter Elander was the head coach of the Swedish women’s national team for nine years until the 2010 Olympics. During this period Sweden won a historic Olympic silver medal in Turin 2006 as well as bronze medals at the Women’s Worlds in 2005 and 2007. Later he moved to the United States where he was coaching at the University of North Dakota and the Ohio State University. In North Dakota he was as an associate head coach renowned for bringing international talent from overseas to his college team in Grand Forks.

“I’m very grateful to have received this offer from the Danish Ice Hockey Association. It is encouraging that women’s ice hockey is dealt with the greatest possible seriousness. Denmark has strong talents, and I know many of the players and know what they stand for. I believe that the team work and team spirit is in order. I’m really looking forward to taking the team to the World Championship in Canada. It’s an outstanding challenge,” Elander said.

“We believe that we have found a good replacement in Peter Elander, whom we look forward to working with,” said Ulrik Larsen, director of the Danish Ice Hockey Association. “Our women’s national team is well underway and we continue with a strong man in the position as national coach. The plans for the World Championship in Canada in 2020 are as ambitious as before, as is the ambition for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. The rest of the team staff continues and we are glad about that.”

From his years in North Dakota, Elander also got to know one of Denmark’s key players, Josefine Jakobsen.

“Peter is an incredibly competent coach, who knows a lot about women’s hockey around the world. He is adept at small details in the game and very honest in his coaching. But most of all he is a fantastic person. In my view we couldn’t have found a better replacement for Fredrik,” Jakobsen said.

Earlier in his career Elander was a professional player and won World Junior bronze with Sweden at the 1980 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also got some experience in Denmark when he coached the Aalborg men’s team during the 1996/1997 season.

Denmark together with Hungary are the two promoted teams replacing Sweden and France at the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Halifax and Truro. They will play in the lower of the two tiered groups against Japan, Germany and the Czech Republic.