Peter Elander joined the Ohio State women’s ice hockey staff as an associate head coach in September 2017.
Elander last coached at North Dakota, where he also held the title of associate head coach. He spent seven seasons with the Fighting Hawks, where he helped lead the team to two NCAA tournament appearances and expanded European recruiting for the team, pulling in student-athletes from six different countries.
He brings nearly 30 years of coaching experience to the Buckeye’s bench, including extensive international experience gained in his nine years as the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) head coach of the Swedish women’s national team.
With Elander as the head coach, Sweden grew into a legitimate international contender, earning bronze and silver medals in consecutive Olympics and two bronze medals in World Championship competitions, the only ones in the history of the team.
The Swedish team earned its best finish in international competition with a silver medal finish in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Sweden faced the United States in the medal round, coming back from a 2-0 deficit early in the game to win 3-2 in a shootout to reach the gold-medal game against Canada (4-1 loss). The Swedish upset of USA in the 2006 Olympic semi-final made the IIHF’s list of the 100 Top Stories of The Century (No. 34, Swedish “Mirakel” as USA bumped from Olympic gold-medal game.)
From 1988-99 Elander coached men’s hockey, including the Swedish U-20 National Team that finished in fourth place at the World Championships (1998-99) and four years as an assistant coach of Rogle BK in the Swedish Elite League (1991-95), as well as working with high-profile hockey players such as Henrik and Daniel Sedin, amongst others.
Elander was honored with the opportunity to represent women’s hockey among hockey’s biggest names at the first-ever World Hockey Summit from Aug. 23-26, 2010, in Toronto. Elander was selected by the Summit steering committee to participate as a special panelist to speak about women’s hockey and closing the gap with North America.
Elander speaks five languages fluently: Swedish, English, German, Danish and Norwegian, as well as some Italian and French, and does public speaking appearances in his spare time.
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