Gunnar Svensson

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Gunnar Svensson (born 1956) is a retired Swedish ice hockey player and head coach, currently working as a sports agent for players like Henrik Zetterberg,[1] Andreas Pihl[2] and Fredrik Emvall.[2] During his playing career Svensson played for Örnsköldsvik and IF Björklöven. He began his coaching career in Örnsköldsvik before signing on to IK Vita Hästen. Svensson coached his first and only Elitserien club when he signed on a five-year contract with Djurgårdens IF in 1984.[3] Svensson's first season in Djurgården went well, the team won the league and beat Färjestads BK in the semifinals.[4] However, Södertälje SK proved to be too hard in the final and became Swedish champions.[4] The following season was quite the opposite; Djurgården was close to be relegated, and Svensson was subsequently fired on 26 January 1986.[3][5] After his stay in Djurgården, he became coach for IF Troja/Ljungby until 1988.[6] This marked the end of Svensson's coaching career and he went on to be a manager in Vita Hästen. He left his post in Vita Hästen for the same post in Malmö Redhawks in 1995.[7] After internal conflicts in the club Svensson left his position as manager in 1996[8] and started to work as a sports agent.

Svensson is the father of the NHL's St. Louis Blues winger Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson.[9]

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  1. ^ Khan, Ansar (January 23, 2009). "Red Wings' Ken Holland hopes to sign Henrik Zetterberg to extension soon". mlive.com. Booth Newspapers. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Bergsten, Per (April 21, 2009). "LHC-duo kan hamna utomlands". corren.se (in Swedish). Östgöta Correspondenten. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Historia - 1980-1989". difhockey.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Säsongen 1984/1985". difhockey.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Tränare". difhockey.se (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF Hockey. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Tränare i Troja/Ljungby". troja-ljungby.com (in Swedish). Troja/Ljungby. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Jönsson, Kent (December 6, 2003). "Avhopp, intriger - och sparkade tränare". sydsvenskan.se (in Swedish). Sydsvenska dagbladet. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  8. ^ Kent Jönsson; Johan Wessman (December 13, 2003). "På gott och ont är man beroende av Percy Nilssons pengar". sydsvenskan.se (in Swedish). Sydsvenska dagbladet. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  9. ^ Meltzer, Bill (November 7, 2008). "Swedish prodigy Paajarvi could be top-5 pick". nhl.com. NHL. Retrieved 19 August 2009.