Oct. 4, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Peter Elander, a coach with nearly 30 years of experience, joined the Ohio State staff as an associate head coach last week before the first games of the season.
In addition to his seven seasons as an associate head coach at the University of North Dakota, Elander spent nine years as the head coach of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Swedish women’s national team.
“It’s really exciting, we have an incredibly talented team,” said Elander. “It’s fun to be on this side after coaching against them for years at North Dakota. Coming to a big school like this brings a certain level of expectation, but I believe that we have a team that can live up to those expectations.”
As the head coach of the Swedish team, the Swedes developed into an international contender. The high point came in the 2006 Winter Olympics when Sweden won the silver medal after upsetting the United States in the medal round before falling to Canada in the gold medal game. Sweden also won bronze medals in the 2005 and 2007 IIHF World Championship competitions, the only two in team history.
“Peter joining our staff raises the bar on what we can achieve,” said Head Coach Nadine Muzerall. “The fact that Peter brings a wealth of hockey knowledge with him, at both the collegiate and international levels, is phenomenal. He’s been instrumental in the development of his player’s skills at each place he’s coached. From developing Sweden into a top two team in the world, to helping develop NCAA tournament teams at UND, he’s got the experience we want to help get us to the next level. Peter’s encouragement and positivity are also big factors, he’s always communicating with the women that they can do more and be better without tearing them down. We are truly grateful to have Peter on our bench.”
That bench will be put to the test this weekend when Ohio State hits the road for a series at No. 4 Minnesota. Friday night’s game is scheduled for an 8:07 p.m. ET start, while the series finale is set for a 4:07 p.m. ET puck drop.