The family of longtime IIHF Council member Rickard Fagerlund has issued a letter via the IIHF, thanking the international hockey community for its condolences.
The former president of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association passed away at age 72 on December 31, 2009 in his hometown of Södertälje, Sweden. Fagerlund was laid to rest at a private funeral on January 29.
The text of the letter follows:
Thank you for your kindness and sympathy during our time of loss. All the touching letters and beautiful flowers we have received are very much appreciated. It gives us great comfort to know that you are thinking of us as we grieve Rickard’s death.
We are thankful that Rickard provided so much joy and assistance to so many of you. He will be sorely missed as a husband, father and grandfather.
Gullan, Helena & the grandchildren
Under Fagerlund's leadership from 1983 and 2002, Tre Kronor won one Olympic gold and two bronze medals, as well as four World Championship gold medals and five silvers.
The Swedish Ice Hockey Association has established the Rickard Fagerlund Memory Fund for the benefit of young and promising junior coaches.