Johan Garpenlöv
Position Right winger
Shot Left
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
F. Teams
Division 1
Nacka HK
Djurgårdens IF
Detroit Red Wings
San Jose Sharks
Florida Panthers
Atlanta Thrashers
Adirondack Red Wings
Teams Sweden
World Championships 1990, 1991, 1992, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2019
Coaching 2002-2005 Djurgårdens IF
2004 Swedish National Team
2008-2010 Dallas Stars
2011-2012 Swedish National Team
2016-present Swedish National Team
Nationality Flag of Sweden Swedish
Born March 21, 1968,
Stockholm, Sweden
NHL Draft 85th overall, 1986
Detroit Red Wings
Pro Career 1984 – 2001

Johan Garpenlöv (born March 21, 1968 in Stockholm) is a retired Swedish right winger. He was drafted in the fifth round, 85th overall, by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing Career[edit | edit source]

The Stockholm native began with the Nacka HK squad of the Division 1 and represented Sweden at the European Junior Championships in 1985 and 1986. He joined the prestigious Djurgårdens IF club of Elitserien in 1986–87 and helped them win consecutive championships in 1989 and 1990. Garpenlöv also played on the Swedish squad which won the bronze medal at the 1987 World Junior Championship, and he competed at the 1988 tournament as well.

A few months after aiding Sweden's silver medal performance at the 1990 World Championship, Garpenlöv made his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings. He scored 39 points as a rookie in the 1990–91 season, including a four-goal game against the St. Louis Blues on November 23, 1990. After the season, he notched four goals at the 1991 World Championship to help his country win the gold medal.

In the 1991, Garpenlöv played for Sweden at the 1991 Canada Cup. During the 1991–92 season, Garpenlöv was traded to the San Jose Sharks. Before the trade, he also played for the Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL. Following the season, Garpenlöv was a member of Sweden's 1992 World Championship team. Garpenlöv scored 22 goals for the Sharks in the 1992–93 season. In 1993–94, he and his linemates, Sergei Makarov and Igor Larionov, helped the club come within a game of reaching the Western Conference Finals.

In March 1995, Garpenlöv was traded to the Florida Panthers for future considerations. In 1995–96, he scored a personal-high 23 goals and was a part of the third year club's remarkable drive to the Stanley Cup final. After this season, Garpenlöv was a member of the Swedish team at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. Garpenlöv battled injuries over the next three seasons. Then, in the 1999 NHL Expansion Draft, he was claimed by the expansion Atlanta Thrashers and was a member of the club for its inaugural season in 1999–2000.

Prior to the 2000–01 campaign, Garpenlöv brought his NHL tenure to an end and returned to Sweden to play for Djurgården for one last season.

Team Staff Career[edit | edit source]

Garpenlöv began his team staff career in 2002 becoming the assistant coach of the Djurgårdens IF. He stayed there until the end of the 2004-05 season. In 2004, Garpenlöv was also the assistant coach of Swedish National Team at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Garpenlöv came back in 2008 becoming the pro scout for the Dallas Stars of the NHL for two seasons.

Then he was the team manager of Swedish National Team at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

Garpenlöv came back again in 2016 becoming the assistant coach of the Swedish National Team for the whole season. His first season included 2016 World Cup of Hockey and 2017 World Championship. He was the assistant coach also for the next two seasons including 2018 Olympics and 2018 and 2019 World Championships. Since 2019-20 season, Garpenlöv is the head coach of the Swedish National Team.

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