The Danish Ice Hockey Union extended the contract with Fredrik Glader for a second season. The 42-year-old will like last season coach both Lulea Hockey in Sweden and the Danish women’s national team. Beside leading Denmark to the top level after beating neighbouring rival Norway in the deciding game, Glader also led Lulea to three Swedish championships in the past four years. Most recently Lulea won the title last spring with three Danish-born players on the roster.
Denmark finished the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division I Group A in second place behind host Hungary and is thus one of the two teams promoted to the top division. Ironically, Denmark replaces Glader’s home country Sweden, which was relegated along with France.
“Several of our national team players already knew Fredrik before he was hired and had spoken really well about his coaching. We have only underlined the image of him during the past season. We are very pleased that he has signed for the 2019/20 season. He is the right man for the big job waiting for our women’s national team,” said Ulrik Larsen, director of the Danish Ice Hockey Union.
“There is something strong going in women’s hockey in Denmark, and I would like to help and contribute. I'm passionate about big challenges, and it really becomes a big deal to stay in the top division of the World Championship. There is great potential in the team, and we get better conditions during the upcoming season. I’m sure that many of our players will lift themselves,” said Glader.
Glader will again be assisted by Mikael Forsberg, Oskar Haggstrom and Ernst Andersen, and be supported Martin Oldenow-Larsen for the camps in Denmark.
With the promotion to the top-10 countries of the world for 2020 and the Olympic Qualification coming up in the 2020/21 season, the number of camps will be increased for the upcoming season with the support of the National Olympic Committee. The players will come together for the first time in the beginning of August in Vojens. There will be five camps in Denmark in autumn followed by tournaments in December and February before leaving for the pre-WW camp in Canada on 20 March.
“It will easily be the most challenging and professional season ever for the women’s national team – and also for the U18 women’s national team. We are working hard to stay in the WW top division and thus keep a good ranking position in the World Ranking for the qualification for the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2022, which is our very big goal,” said Larsen.
The 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship will take place from 31 March to 10 April 2020 in Halifax and Truro in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It will again be played in two tiered groups. Defending champion USA, host Canada, Finland, Russia and Switzerland will play in the “upper” Group A while in Group B Japan, Germany, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Hungary will play for the remaining three spots in the quarter-finals and to avoid relegation.