The Swedish team that will participate in the World Junior Hockey Championship (WJC) has found a new head coach, she who will be deprived of her pilot due to COVID-19.
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On Friday, the Scandinavian club announced that Joel Ronnmark will be behind the bench for the prestigious event to be held from December 25 to January 5, in Edmonton.
He therefore replaces Thomas Monten, who was unable to make the trip to Canada because he was diagnosed with the coronavirus positive. Assistants Adam Almqvist Andersson and Anders Lundberg, as well as goalkeeper coach Nizze Landen will also have to watch the Sweden tournament, for the same reason as the head coach.
Coming back to Ronnmark, he was one of the assistants in the last two editions of the CMJ. The 30-year-old is usually the head coach of the Lakers’ under-18 squad in Vaxjo, Swedish league.
“We were faced with a major challenge in supplementing the staff of the team and we have worked intensely during the last week, while in close dialogue with the IIHF,” said the general secretary of the Swedish Hockey Association on ice, John Stark, at the International Hockey Federation (IIHF) website. The results of the latest tests have shown that all players and staff who are currently at Sundsvall are in good health and can go to Canada. “
It should also be remembered that Sweden is deprived of four players, who were invited to their training camp, because they are also affected by the virus.