Hardy Nilsson
Hardy Nilsson
Position Forward
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
189 lb (86 kg)
Nationality Sweden
Born June 23 1947 (1947-06-23) (age 73),
Skellefteå, SWE
Pro Career 1965 – 1982

Hardy Nilsson (born June 23, 1947) is a retired Swedish ice hockey player, currently head coach for Djurgårdens IF. During his playing career he mainly played for Skellefteå AIK where he won the Swedish championships in 1978.[1] In 1978 Nilsson moved to the German team Kölner Haie where he was very successful, scoring 21 goals and 102 points in 45 games. He ended his playing career in Örebro IK.

Nilsson started his coaching career in 1982 in Bofors IK before moving on to Modo Hockey which he coached for two seasons.[2] He moved on to his former team Kölner Haie for the 1985-86 season[3] winning three German championships in a row 1986–88. He coached the team to third place in the 1989 European cup and runner-ups in the bundesliga in 1991 before leaving Kölner in 1992.[4] Nilsson stayed in Germany to coach EC Hedos München.[5] He lead the team to become German champions during the 1993–94 season. Nilsson began his international coaching career when he coached Team Switzerland for one season. He coached another German team, Düsseldorfer EG which he lead to win the German championship in 1996. He then took a break from hockey until 1999 when he signed on for Djurgårdens IF for two seasons. Both seasons ended with Djurgården being Swedish champions.[1] During the time he coached Djurgården, he implemented the torpedo hockey system.[6] While coaching Djurgården, Nilsson was also head coach for Team Sweden, a position he kept until 2004.[7] He moved to Austria to coach EC Salzburg in 2005.[5] His contract ended in 2009 and he returned to Djurgården on May 1.[1]

External linksEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bengtsson, Jan. "Hardy Nilsson tränar Djurgården",, Svenska Dagbladet, 2 March 2009. Retrieved on 18 August 2009. (Swedish) 
  2. MODO Hockeys alla tränare (Swedish). Modo Hockey. Retrieved on 18 August 2009.
  3. Beginn der Ära Nilsson (German). Kölner Haie. Retrieved on 18 August 2009.
  4. Großartiges Finale gegen DEG (German). Kölner Haie. Retrieved on 18 August 2009.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Uhlin, Daniel (2009-03-02). Hardy Nilssons tränarkarriär i siffror (Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved on 19 August 2009.
  6. Risto Pakarinen (2010-04-01). The Pride of Stockholm. IIHF. Retrieved on 2010-04-02.
  7. TEAM SWEDEN´S COACHES SINCE 1957 (PDF) (Swedish). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved on 18 August 2009.

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