Charles Berglund

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Charles Berglund
Charles Berglund.jpg
Born (1965-01-18) 18 January 1965 (age 52)
Stockholm, Sweden
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Djurgårdens IF
Kloten Flyers
National team  Sweden
Playing career 1984–2001

Ralph Douglas Charles "Challe" Berglund (born 18 January 1965 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish former ice hockey player and coach.


He played 12 seasons for Djurgårdens IF of the Elitserien and won five Swedish Championships with Djurgården in 1989, 1990, 1991, 2000 and 2001.[1] He also received silver in 1992 and 1998. The last seasons of his career he was the team captain. He is highly appreciated and loved by the supporters of Djurgården (i.e. Järnkaminerna) for being so devoted to the club and its supporters.

Berglund earned 142 caps for the Swedish national team. He won both the World Championship gold in 1991 and the Olympic gold in 1994. In 1996, he also won the Swiss Championship with EHC Kloten.

Berglund has also been appearing on Swedish TV4 as an expert commentator for harness racing, which is also his favorite hobby.

Berglund has been coaching Djurgårdens IF, Timrå IK and Modo Hockey of the Elitserien. He coached Djurgården for two seasons before leaving the team in 2007 to coach Timrå. He coached Timrå for three seasons before leaving the team in 2010 to coach Modo. Berglund was forced to leave Modo in 2011 after only one season, mainly because the team finished 12th in Elitserien and therefore had to play in the 2011 Kvalserien to remain in Elitserien.

Berglund's No. 2 Djurgården jersey was retired and raised to the rafters at Hovet on 24 January 2012, prior to a home game against Färjestad BK which Djurgården won 2–1 after a shootout.[2][3][4]

On 12 May 2011, Berglund said in an interview that he would take a one-year break from coaching, after declining an offer from IF Sundsvall Hockey.[5] On 6 August 2011, Berglund signed with the sports channel Viasat Hockey as a color commentator for HockeyAllsvenskan and Kvalserien.[6] Berglund cancelled his contract with Viasat on 6 March 2012, as Djurgården were forced to play in the 2012 Kvalserien.[7] As a result, Djurgården called Berglund up as the team's new head coach to help save them in the highest division. Although the team was relegated to HockeyAllsvenskan, the plan was for Berglund to remain as head coach for the team throughout the 2013–14 season,[8] and also to work as General Manager for Djurgården.[9] However, after weak results Berglund stepped down as head coach in November 2012, remaining as General Manager for two more years until August 2014.[10]


Coaching career[edit]


  • Olympic gold 1994
  • WC gold 1991
  • WC silver 1993, 1995
  • WC bronze 1994
  • Swedish Champion in 1989, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2001
  • Canada Cup, 3rd 1991
  • Europateamcup gold 1991, 1992
  • Swiss gold 1996


  1. ^ Frank Eriksson (2010-03-19). "Vilket lag har störst guldrutin?". (in Swedish). Svenska Hockeyligan AB. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Uhlin, Daniel (24 January 2012). "Charles Berglund – vinnaren". (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Archived from the original on 30 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Wahlberg, Malin (24 January 2012). "Rörd Challe fick sin tröja hissad". Sportbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Djurgårdens IF – Färjestads BK 2-1". (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. 24 January 2012. Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Maria Nordström (2011-05-12). "Challe tar sabbatsår" (in Swedish). Sundsvalls Tidning. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  6. ^ Oskar Magnusson (2011-08-06). "Challe blir ny expert i Viasat" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  7. ^ Ek, Mattias (2012-03-07). "Viasats besked – bryter med Challe Berglund" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  8. ^ "Challe Berglund blir huvudtränare i DIF" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. 2012-03-07. Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  9. ^ "Järlan lämnar – Challe blir även sportchef". (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. 2012-04-04. Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  10. ^ Han tar över Djurgården (in Swedish) Aftonbladet 2012-11-16

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