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 Ottawa, Ont., from Apr. 2-9. Flygh will serve as video coach for his native Sweden in the tournament, which also includes teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the United States. Sweden's roster features Olympians such as Jenni Asserholt and Kim Martin.

Flygh was also on Sweden's coaching staff at the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship, where Sweden finished fifth, and at the recent 4 Nations Tournament. Niclas Högberg is Sweden's head coach.

Canada is the defending IIHF Women's World Champion. The eight teams in the tournament are divided into two groups. Sweden is part of Group B with the Czech Republic, Germany and Russia. The teams play each other once, and then the top two teams in Group B advance to the quarterfinals on Apr. 6 against the third- and fourth-place finishers from Group A. The winners of those two quarterfinal games play the first- and second-place finishers from Group A in the semi-finals on Apr. 8. The gold medal and bronze medal games take place on Apr. 9.

Flygh just completed his third 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 YO-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

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