Broms to coach Austrian women
by Martin Merk|12 DEC 2022
Alexander Broms coached the Swedish U18 women's national team for two years.
photo: Robert Hradil / HHOF-IIHF Images
The Austrian Ice Hockey Association has named Alexander Broms as new head coach of the Austrian women’s national team.

The 32-year-old Swede will become the youngest head coach ever of the team. He brings IIHF experience with him having coached Sweden at two IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championships (2019, 2020) as well as the Swedish women’s team at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Broms is currently the General Manager of Leksands IF in the Swedish Women’s Hockey League (SDHL) and also worked one season as assistant coach for the Swedish women’s national team.

“We rely on a young, ambitious head coach who brings with him experience in women’s ice hockey and is well connected in women’s hockey. Following the personal discussions I’m convinced that he’s the right one for this team. He’s a good communicator and has top references in Sweden,” said women’s national team General Manager Martin Kogler.

Broms will be assisted by Petteri Hirvonen, who has worked for a long time in the top Finnish men’s league including stints as head coach with Ilves Tampere and the Pelicans Lahti. Goalie coach Thomas Dechel and off-ice coach Michael Ganster will stay with the team.

Mario Bellina will coach the U18 women’s national team for another season after having led it to Division IB gold on home ice in Radenthein recently.

Austria will battle for promotion to the top-level Women’s Worlds against Denmark, Norway, Slovakia, host China and the Netherlands at the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division I Group A, which will take place from 11 to 17 April in Shenzhen.