STOCKHOLM – Johan Garpenlöv, two-time IIHF World Champion, is the new manager of the Swedish national team. He is replacing Mats Näslund, who stepped down after Germany 2010.
The appointment was announced on Wednesday by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association. The new GM will work with the new head coach Per Mårts, who took over after Bengt-Åke Gustafsson, who also concluded his national team assignment following the last IIHF World Championship.
Garpenlöv was one of Sweden’s most accomplished forwards in the ‘90s. He was part of the 1991 and 1992 IIHF World Championship winning teams and won three national championships with Djurgården Stockholm. He had a successful ten-year NHL career (609 games between 1990 and 2000) where he represented Detroit, San Jose, Florida and Atlanta. He was also one of Sweden’s top forwards at the inaugural 1996 World Cup of Hockey. After returning to Sweden, Garpenlöv has worked with Djurgården in an administrative, front-office role.
He will be the team manager at the World Championship and at all other men’s national team tournaments. Garpenlöv will also be responsible for scouting and contacts with Swedish NHL players prior to major events.
“It will be a treat to be associated with Tre Kronor again,” said Garpenlöv. “It’s an honour to work with the national team.”