Nicklas Lidstrom, Daniel Alfredsson, and Mats Sundin played for Sweden in the 1996 and 2004 World Cups. Now that the event is returning for 2016, they will also be back; only this time it won’t be as players.
All three have been selected to join Sweden’s advisory board, per NHL.com. They represent the three highest scoring Swedish-born players in NHL history. They also all served as a team captain in the NHL and led their nation to an Olympic gold in 2006. In the process, Lidstrom became a member of the Triple Gold club as he’s earned a gold medal in the World Championship (1991) and has won the Stanley Cup four times.
In addition to naming those three hockey greats to advisory roles, Rikard Gronborg was also selected as the bench boss. Gronborg was an assistant coach with Sweden during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
“It is with a great deal of pride and humility that I accept this fantastic coaching opportunity within Swedish ice hockey,” Gronborg said. “Since I grew up during the Canada Cup era back in the 70’s and 80’s, when, for the first time in modern history, the greatest players in the world represented their respective nations. Therefore this will be a great honor for me personally to coach Sweden at the World Cup. I am also looking forward to work with some of the best and most respected hockey personalities that Sweden has to offer.”
Johan Garpenlov and Peter Popovic are the team’s assistant coaches for the World Cup.