- Bengt-Åke Gustafsson
Infobox Ice Hockey Player
Edmonton Oilers(WHA) Washington Capitals
position = Centre
shoots = Left
height_ft = 6
height_in = 0
weight_lb = 198
nickname = Bengan
nationality = SWE
birth_date = Birth date and age|1958|3|23|mf=y
draft = 55th overall
draft_year = 1978
Bofors IK Färjestads BK Edmonton Oilers Washington Capitals Feldkirch VEU
career_start = 1977
career_end = 1999
Bengt-Åke Gustafsson (born
March 23, 1958, in Karlskoga, Sweden) is a retired Swedish ice hockeyplayer, now head coach of the Swedish national ice hockey team, a post he has held since February 14, 2005. During his American career he was often called "Bengt Gustafsson" or "Gus".
Gustafsson spent nine seasons in the
National Hockey Leaguewith the Washington Capitals. The Capitals also selected Gustafsson's son, Anton Gustafsson, with the first of their two first-round picks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Started his career playing for
Bofors IKin the Swedish third tier league and later transferred to Färjestads BKof the Elitserien. Gustafsson was drafted by the Washington Capitalsin the fourth round of the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft. Gustafsson elected to play the 1978-79 season in his homeland Sweden, but he signed with the WHA's Edmonton Oilersin March 1979. Gustafsson made his North American pro debut in the WHA playoffs that spring, picking up a goal and two assists in two games. When the Oilers merged into the NHL, the Capitals reclaimed Gustafsson's rights from Edmonton. After retiring from the NHL he first returned to Färjestads BK and later spent several years playing in Austria.
Gustafsson has since his active playing career coached several teams, including two national teams.
* Assistant coach of the Swiss national team 1997-2001
* Head coach of
VEU Feldkirchin the Austrian league 1998/99
* Head coach of
SC Langnauin the Swiss national league 1999-2001
* Head coach of
Färjestads BKin the Swedish Elitserien2001-2005
* Head coach of
Tre Kronor, the Swedish national team 2005-
He has been reported as a "player's coach", listening to and arguing with his players rather than telling them what to do. In a
SVTinterview he stated: " [Ice] hockey is played on the ice, not behind the bench. As coach I can point things out to them and make them aware of stuff but they are the ones who play the game. As a player I have to confess that I didn't listen that much to what the coach said, and as a coach I don't expect them to do either."
He was criticised for asking various players whom they would like to see in the team and how they wanted to play and for asking players how they would like to see the lines formed. He then went in and adjusted the lines as the tournaments went on. The criticism has been somewhat subdued after his 2006 Olympic and IIHF WC double.
The Olympic and IIHF team only shared eight players. Most of the stars from Olympics was missing. Only
Jörgen Jönsson, Kenny Jönsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Mikael Samuelsson, Stefan Liv, Ronnie Sundinand Mika Hannulaparticipated in both tournaments.
Awards and achievements
* Named to the 1977 World Junior Championships All-Star Team.
* Named to the Swedish All-Star Team in 1983.
* Named to the Swedish All-Star Team in 1987.
Guldhjälmen(Swedish Most Valuable Player) in 1990.
* Gold medal at the 1991 World Championships.
* Named to the
AlpenligaAll-Star Team in 1997.
* Swedish champion as head coach for Färjestads BK in 2002.
* Named as Swedish Coach of the Year in 2006. [sv icon [http://www.dn.se/DNet/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=672&a=540091&rss=1402 Bengt-Åke Gustafsson årets coach] ]
Washington Capitalsrecord (since broken) for points by a rookie with 60 in 1979-80.
*Scored the fastest goal from the start of a period (5 seconds in third period) vs. the
Philadelphia Flyerson January 18, 1983.
* First coach in history to win the Olympics and the IIHF World Championship in the same year (2006).
*Scored the game-winning goal for the
Washington Capitalsin the franchise's first victory over the Montreal Canadienson February 19, 1980.
*Became the first
Washington Capitalsplayer to attempt two penalty shots in the same season in 1980-81.
*Scored 5 goals to beat the
Philadelphia Flyers7-1 on January 8, 1984.
*Played on the Swedish team that reached the
Canada Cupfinal vs Canada in 1984.
*He played his entire nine-year NHL career with the
Washington Capitalsand notched 555 points (196 goals, 359 assists) in 629 games.
*Inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2003.
*Appointed head coach for the
Swedish national men's ice hockey teamin 2005
*Became first coach in history to win both Olympic and IIHF World Championship the same year during the
2006 Winter Olympicsand 2006 Ice Hockey World Championship.
Bengt-Åke has played five (1979, 1981, 1983, 1987 and 1991) World Championships with Swedish national team. In both 1987 and 1991 he won the Gold medal.
He also played in the
Canada Cupin 1984 and 1987.
In 1992 he represented Sweden in the Olympic Games in
Albertville. Fourteen years later he was head coach for the Gold medal winning Swedish team in the Olympics in Torino. In the same year, 2006, he also won gold medal in the Ice Hockey World Championship as head coach.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Bengt-Ake Gustafsson — Bengt Åke Gustafsson Bengt Åke Gustafsson, 2008 Pour les articles homonymes, voir Gustafsson. Bengt Åke Gustafsson (né le 23 mars … Wikipédia en Français
Bengt-Ake Gustafsson — Bengt Åke Gustafsson, 2008 Bengt Åke Gustafsson (* 23. März 1958 in Karlskoga, Schweden) ist ein ehemaliger schwedischer Eishockeyspieler und seit 14. Februar 2005 Trainer der schwedischen Eishockeynationalmannschaft Als deren Trainer gelang ihm… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Bengt Ake Gustafsson — Bengt Åke Gustafsson, 2008 Bengt Åke Gustafsson (* 23. März 1958 in Karlskoga, Schweden) ist ein ehemaliger schwedischer Eishockeyspieler und seit 14. Februar 2005 Trainer der schwedischen Eishockeynationalmannschaft Als deren Trainer gelang ihm… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Bengt-Åke Gustafsson — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Gustafsson. Bengt Åke Gustafsson … Wikipédia en Français
Bengt-Åke Gustafsson — Schweden Bengt Åke Gustafsson Personenbezogene Informationen Geburtsdatum 2 … Deutsch Wikipedia
Bengt Gustafsson — may refer to one of several people:*Bengt Gustafsson (b. 1933), Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces 1986 1994 *Bengt Gustafsson (b. 1943), Swedish astronomer *Bengt Åke Gustafsson, sometimes known as just Bengt Gustafsson (b. 1958),… … Wikipedia
Gustafsson — ist ein patronymisch gebildeter schwedischer Familienname mit der Bedeutung „Sohn des Gustaf“. Bekannte Namensträger Bengt Åke Gustafsson (* 1958), schwedischer Eishockeyspieler Bo Gustafsson (* 1954), schwedischer Leichtathlet Eddie… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Bengt — ist ein schwedischer männlicher Vorname. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Herkunft und Bedeutung 2 Bekannte Namensträger 3 Weiteres … Deutsch Wikipedia
Åke — ist ein schwedischer männlicher Vorname. Herkunft und Bedeutung Åke ist die schwedische Form von Áki, einer altnordischen Verkleinerungsform von Namen mit dem Element anu mit der Bedeutung „Vorfahre“, „Vater“. Die dänische und norwegische… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Åke — Infobox Given Name Revised name = Åke imagesize= caption= pronunciation= gender = Male meaning =from ano , ancestor region = Sweden language = Swedish origin = medieval Germanic related names = Åge name day = May 8 (Sweden) footnotes = Åke is a… … Wikipedia