Todd Bjorkstrand

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Todd Bjorkstrand
2015 Graz 99ers - Todd Bjorkstrand - by 2eight - DSC5876.jpg
Born (1962-10-14) October 14, 1962 (age 56)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for IHL
Fort Wayne Komets
Saginaw Generals
Indianapolis Checkers
ACHL
Pinebridge Bucks
Erie Golden Blades
Denmark
Herning Blue Fox
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1984–2002

Todd Bjorkstrand (born October 14, 1962) is an American professional ice hockey coach and a former professional ice hockey player. He is currently serving as head coach for the Stavanger Oilers in Norway.

Playing career[edit]

Bjorkstrand attended the University of Maine between 1980 and 1984.[1]

Following four seasons of playing minor league hockey in the United States, playing in the ACHL and IHL, Bjorkstrand moved to Denmark in 1988 where he enjoyed a 14-year career in the Danish League with the Herning Blue Fox,[2] winning seven Danish championships with the club. He finished his career as the Danish league’s all-time leading goal scorer and all-time assist leader[3] and had his number 22 retired by the Blue Fox.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Bjorkstrand was named head coach of the Herning Blue Fox in 2002. He remained in the job until 2014 and guided the team to six Danish championship titles. Bjorkstrand also developed Denmark's first ever NHL player, Frans Nielsen, followed by others including Peter Regin, Nicklas Jensen, Frederik Andersen and his sons Oliver Bjorkstrand and Patrick Bjorkstrand.

Between 2010 and 2012, Bjorkstrand coached the Danish national junior team, guiding the team to winning gold at the 2011 IIHF U20 World Championship Division I, while earning qualification to the 2012 World Juniors.

Prior to the 2014-15 season, Bjorkstrand was named head coach and manager of the Graz 99ers of the Erste Bank Hockey League, the premier league in Austria. He was sacked in October 2015 after a run of just five points in eight games.[5]

In May 2016, he signed with Herning Blue Fox of the Danish Metal Ligaen to coach at old stomping ground.[6] He parted company with the team in March 2017.[7]

In May 2018, Bjorkstrand signed a two-year contract with the Stavanger Oilers of Norway.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Bjorkstrands great-grandparents came from Norway and Sweden, they emigrated to the United States.[9]

His son, Oliver Bjorkstrand, plays for the Danish national team and was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Also his son Patrick Bjorkstrand is an ice hockey player.[10]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
ACHL Rookie of the Year 1984–85 [11]
Danish League Player of the Year 1993–94 [12]
Danish League Player of the Year 2000–01 [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bjorkstrand Family and Team Denmark in Top Ranked Division at 2012 WJC - Junior Hockey News". www.juniorhockey.com. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  2. ^ World juniors a family affair for Danes - Toronto Sun
  3. ^ "Metal Ligaen". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  4. ^ AS, Blue Fox Herning. "Legenden Todd Bjorkstrand takker af". bluefox.dk. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  5. ^ "Graz entlässt Trainer Bjorkstrand". kurier.at. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  6. ^ AS, Blue Fox Herning. "Todd Bjorkstand tilbage på Heden". bluefox.dk. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  7. ^ "Klublegende fyret med øjeblikkelig virkning i Herning". sport.tv2.dk (in Danish). 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  8. ^ "Bjorkstrand har fået nyt trænerjob | aoh.dk". Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  9. ^ "NEWS SINGLEVIEW". www.iihf.com. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  10. ^ Moddejonge, Gerry. "World juniors a family affair for Danes". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  11. ^ Hockey Awards & Achievements - ACHL Rookie of the Year
  12. ^ a b Hockey Awards & Achievements - Danish League Player of the Year

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