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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale women's ice hockey head coach Joakim Flygh will be a part of the upcoming 4 Nations Tournament Dec. 14-16 in Öreboro, Sweden. Flygh will serve as video coach for his native Sweden in the tournament, which also includes teams from Finland, Germany and Russia. Sweden's roster features Olympians such as Jenni Asserholt and Kim Martin.
The four teams in the tournament play each other in a round-robin format. Flygh was also Sweden's video coach this past spring at the IIHF Women's World Championship, which featured the top eight women's ice hockey teams in the world. Niclas Högberg is Sweden's head coach.
Flygh is in 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.