Kent Norberg

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Kent Norberg
Born (1967-06-12) June 12, 1967 (age 47)
Härnösand, Sweden
Position Forward
Shot Left
Played for Sollefteå HK
Modo Hockey
Skellefteå AIK
Timrå IK
Playing career 1986–1997

Kenth Thure "Nubben" Norberg (born June 12, 1967) is a retired Swedish professional ice hockey player and head coach. He is currently the sports manager of Timrå IK in the Swedish Elitserien (SEL).

Playing career[edit]

Norberg debuted as a young player for Sollefteå HK, and during his second season in 1987 he helped the team take a surprising spot in Allsvenskan in the spring of 1988. After Sollefteå, Norberg was signed by Modo Hockey in Elitserien. Following a good debut season in Elitserien, Norberg had trouble establishing himself as a sophomore. He signed with recently demoted Skellefteå AIK the following season, and became one of the team's most valuable players. After four seasons with Skellefteå Norberg signed with Timrå IK where he played his final three seasons before retirement.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Norberg took the job as assistant coach to Peo Larsson in Timrå IK in 1997. Together they managed to bring Timrå back to Elitserien in 2000. In their first Elitserien season they managed to avoid Kvalserien.

Management career[edit]

Prior to the 2001–02 season Norberg left Larsson's side and took the job as the sports manager for Timrå. Timrå struggled and Norberg was forced to fire his former coaching partner Larsson. Timrå led by interim head coach Lars Molin avoided relegation and won Kvalserien. During the off season Norberg's competence was questioned by some. The already struggling team lost their star player Henrik Zetterberg to the Detroit Red Wings. Norberg signed several relatively unknown players such as Niklas Nordgren, Sanny Lindström, and goaltender Kimmo Kapanen. The team led by new head coach Kent Johansson surprised everyone as they finished third in the regular season and reaching the semifinals in the playoff. Norberg was praised for his effort, being commended as leader of the year by the ice hockey journalist association.

Norberg continued to work for Timrå as the sports manager until February 4, 2008, when Frölunda HC announced that he would induct their general manager position on May 1, 2008. Timrå announced the same day that they had released Norberg despite the fact that he had another four years remaining on his contract. Norberg is the first person in Elitserien with the title General Manager.[1]

Norberg resigned from Frölunda HC mid-season during the 2010–11 season. After Timrå's then sports manager Stefan Lindqvist had been forced out from the organization, Norberg re-joined Timrå as the club's sports manager.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1986–87 Sollefteå HK Division 1 31 24 14 38 34
1987–88 Sollefteå HK Allsvenskan 34 19 13 32 30
1988–89 Modo Hockey Elitserien 35 3 10 13 8
1989-90 Modo Hockey Elitserien 11 1 1 2 0
1989-90 Modo Hockey Allsvenskan 12 1 2 3 4 8 0 2 2 2
1990–91 Skellefteå AIK Allsvenskan 35 12 15 27 22
1991–92 Skellefteå AIK Division 1 31 24 25 49 12 3 1 0 1 2
1992–93 Skellefteå AIK Division 1 32 22 19 41 22 5 4 1 5 0
1993–94 Skellefteå AIK Division 1 32 23 26 49 44 7 0 4 4 0
1994–95 ST Hockey Division 1 25 4 7 11 16
1995–96 Timrå IK Division 1 32 9 10 19 12 4 0 1 1 0
1996–97 Timrå IK Division 1 27 5 9 14 35
Elitserien totals 46 4 11 15 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nilsson, Stefan (2008-02-08). "Melin vill gärna stanna i Frölunda" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  2. ^ Sjöberg, Henrik (2011-11-04). "Lindqvist får sparken - Norberg tar över". Expressen (in Swedish). hockey.expressen.se. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 

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