Jerry Andersson says the energy and freshness of the Sheffield Steelers’ organisation persuaded him to take a job as assistant coach there.
The 56-year-old Swede was Paul Thompson’s boss at IF Troja-Ljungby in 2013-4.
Now the roles will be reversed as Andersson signs in at the Arena as replacement for Darrell Hay.
Older Steelers fans will hope Andersson will play a supporting role in the way Clyde Tuyl assisted Alex Dampier.
Andersson, whose wife Yvonne will remain in Sweden next season, as will his son Klas 29, Gustav 25, says he has taken the job with “pride and great humility.”
He said he was persuaded to accept the position at the UK Play Off final weekend, (April 2-3.)
“It is something new, fresh. The ice hockey is upcoming. So, I’m really looking forward to the coming season.
“Hopefully I can bring something from my experience to
Steelers, both on and off the ice. My meetings with Thommo and Simmsey (Dave Simms) always bring energy to me and after the final four (Play Offs) three weeks ago I took my decision and today I’m proud to be one in a big ‘Steelers family.’
“There is a lot of passion, knowledge, ambitions and that’s inspiring.”
Andersson said his admiration of the British hockey scene was increased after signing Rob Dowd for Troja, (2012-13.)
“He had a great season in Troja and sent a message to Swedish hockey about British players’ talents and work ethic.”