Flygh Part of Team Sweden’s Staff for Upcoming IIHF World Championship

Joakim Flygh. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Joakim Flygh. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Head Coach to Serve as Video Coach for Swedes

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale women's ice hockey head coach Joakim Flygh will be a part of the upcoming IIHF Women's World Championship in Burlington, Vt., Apr. 7-14. Flygh will serve as video coach for his native Sweden in the tournament, which features the top eight women's ice hockey teams in the world. The World Championship began in 1990 and is held every non-Olympic year.

Niclas Högberg is Sweden's head coach. The eight teams at the championship are divided into two groups, and Team Sweden is in Group B with Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland. Group A includes Canada, Finland, Russia and the United States. In the preliminary round, teams play every other team in their group. Sweden's first game is vs. Slovakia on Saturday, Apr. 7. Games are played at both Cairns Arena and Gutterson Field House, with the quarterfinals (Apr. 13 and 15), semifinals (Apr. 13) and bronze/gold medal games (Apr. 14) all taking place at Gutterson.

The U.S. has won the last three IIHF Women's World Championships, beating Canada each time. Sweden's best finish has been third place (2005 and 2007).

Flygh just finished his second season as Yale's head coach. He has been to the NCAA Tournament five times as an assistant coach at Harvard and Minnesota-Duluth. In his nine years as an assistant his teams had a combined winning percentage of .701 (176-69-21) and he was a part of six seasons of 20 or more wins. He has helped coach seven All-Americans and a Patty Kazmaier Award winner. He also coached Yale assistant coach Jessica Koizumi, who won a gold medal with the U.S. at the 2008 IIHF Women's World Championship in Harbin, China.

Flygh (whose name is pronounced YOU-a-keem FLEEG) is the 10th coach in Yale women's ice hockey history. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, New England College, as a graduate assistant with the men's ice hockey team in 2001-02. He helped the Pilgrims to a 53-23-4 record and three second-place finishes in three seasons before moving on to Minnesota-Duluth.

As a player for New England, Flygh was the Pilgrims' defensive player of the year. He went on to play professional hockey in Sweden for the Lysekil Vikings.

A native of Tyringe, Sweden, Flygh graduated from New England College with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2000. He earned a master's degree in organizational management from New England in 2002. He is married to Angela Francisco Flygh, a 2001 Harvard graduate and former Crimson women's ice hockey captain. They recently had their first child, a daughter named Josefin.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity