Janne Karlsson
Janne Karlsson
Position Defenceman
Shot Right
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
192 lb (87 kg)
Teams Västra Frölunda HC
Nationality Flag of Sweden Swedish
Born August 28 1958 (1958-08-28) (age 58),
Växjö, Sweden
Pro Career 1977 – 1993

Jan "Janne" Tordh Ingemar Carlsson (born August 28, 1958) is a Swedish professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently head coach for HV71 in the Swedish elite league Elitserien.[1]

Playing careerEdit

Karlsson played for HV71 from 1977 to 1981, for Västra Frölunda from 1981 to 1990 and for Mörrum GoIS from 1990 to 1993.

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring as a player after the 1992–93 season Karlsson took a coaching position with Mörrum GoIS.[2] In 1995 he returned to Frölunda to work as a coach and manager of their youth department.[3] He became an assistant coach for Frölunda together with Christer Kellgren under head coach Tommy Boustedt during the 1999–00 season.[4] The following season Karlsson was the lone assistant coach to Boustedt, and he continued as assistant coach when Conny Evensson took over as head coach prior to the 2002–03 season.[4] Together they led Frölunda to win the 2003 Swedish Championship against Färjestads BK, winning the best-of-seven finals in four games.[2]

The following season Evensson was forced to retire due to illness and Karlsson took over as interim head coach for the rest of the season.[5] Karlsson returned to his position as assistant coach when Stephan Lundh was hired as head coach prior to the 2004–05 season.[4] They led Frölunda to one of the best season performances in Swedish ice hockey, culminating with the 2005 Swedish Championship finals which the won against Färjestads BK four to one in games.[2] Lundh and Karlsson coached Frölunda to their second straight finals appearance, once again against Färjestad, this time losing two to four in games.

Karlsson still hired by Frölunda took a leave of absence prior to the 2006–07 season and signed a contract with Linköping HC as assistant coach to Gunnar Persson.[3] Persson was fired in January 2007 and Karlsson took over the job as head coach,[6], he led Linköping to the Swedish Championship finals where they lost two games to four against Modo Hockey. The following season Karlsson led Linköping to their second straight finals appearance, where they lost to HV71 two games to four. Karlsson returned to Frölunda prior to the 2008–09 season as assistant coach to Ulf Dahlén.


Karlsson's debuted as a coach with Tre Kronor during the 2002–03 Euro Hockey Tour as assistant coach to Hardy Nilsson at the Baltica Brewery Cup.[7] The following season he was assistant coach to Nilsson at the Česká Pojišťovna Cup and Moscow International Tournament.[7] During the 2004–05 Euro Hockey Tour Karlsson was assistant coach to interim national team head coaches Bengt-Åke Gustafsson—at the Karjala Tournament—and Roger Melin—at the Sweden Hockey Games.[7] Gustafsson was appointed permanent national team coach in February 2005 and choose Karlsson along with Tommy Boustedt and Tommy Samuelsson as assistant coaches for the 2005 World Championships,[8] where Tre Kronor lost to Russia in the bronze medal game. In September 2005 Karlsson was announced as a permanent assistant coach to Gustafsson,[9] he participated in all the 2005–06 Euro Hockey Tour tournaments except for the Rosno Cup.[7][9]

At the 2006 Olympics Karlsson and Anders Eldebrink were assistant coaches to Gustafsson and together they led Tre Kronor to an Olympic gold medal.[7] A few months later at the 2006 World Championships Karlsson again with Boustedt and Samuelsson were assistant coaches to Gustafsson when Sweden won their eight World Championship gold medal,[7] becoming the first country to win both the Olympics and World Championships in the same year.[10] During the 2006–07 Euro Hockey Tour Karlsson participated at the Česká Pojišťovna Cup, the Channel One Cup,[7] and the Euro Hockey Tour finals which Tre Kronor won against Russia.[11][12] Karlsson together with Boustedt and Samuelsson were assistant coaches to Gustafsson At the 2007 World Championship ,[7] where Tre Kronor lost to Russia in the bronze medal game. Following the World Championship Karlsson announced that he resigned from his permanent position with Tre Kronor due to his obligations as head coach of Linköping.[13] However Karlsson returned to Tre Kronor together with Eldebrink as an assistant coaches to Gustafsson for the 2008 World Championship,[14] where Tre Kronor lost to Finland in the bronze medal game.

Personal lifeEdit

Karlsson was born August 28, 1958, in Växjö but grew up in Åseda.[2] Karlsson and his wife Carina have two children, daughter Emelie and son Robin.[2]

While playing for HV71 Karlsson worked as a recreation leader, and while playing for Frölunda he worked as a janitor at a gymnasium.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1977–78 HV71 Div. 1 180000
1978–79 HV71 Div. 1 2022428
1979–80 HV71 SEL 3434714
1980–81 HV71 Div. 1 357132039 1227912
1981–82 Västra Frölunda IF SEL 3243728
1982–83 Västra Frölunda IF SEL 3526834
1983–84 Västra Frölunda IF SEL 33561146
1984–85 Västra Frölunda HC Div. 1 326142040
1985–86 Västra Frölunda HC Div. 1 325172248
1986–87 Västra Frölunda HC Div. 1 324151924 10000
1987–88 Västra Frölunda HC Div. 1 366192522 1123512
1988–89 Västra Frölunda HC Div. 1 296101642 111344
1989–90 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 33491344
1990–91 Mörrum GoIS Div. 1 317142128
1991–92 Mörrum GoIS Div. 1 288122076
1992–93 Mörrum GoIS Div. 1 3211112250 30112
Division 1 totals 32562127189397 385141930
SEL totals 167182846166


  1. Wengel, Daniel (2009-04-14). Janne Karlsson ny huvudtränare för HV71 (Swedish). HV71. Retrieved on 2009-04-14.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Bengtsson, Janne (2007-04-29). En ledare med guldkant (Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved on 2009-02-12.
  3. 3.0 3.1 TRÄNARDUO I LHC NÄSTA SÄSONG (Swedish). Linköpings HC (2006-03-06). Retrieved on 2009-02-12.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Tränare genom åren (Swedish). Frölunda HC. Retrieved on 2009-02-12.
  5. Conny Evensson sjukskriven (Swedish). Norrbottens-Kuriren. Retrieved on 2009-02-12.
  6. Janne Karlsson tar över Linköping (Swedish). Sydsvenskan (2007-01-21). Retrieved on 2009-02-12.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 TEAM SWEDEN´S COACHES SINCE 1957 (PDF) 4–6. Swedish Ice Hockey Association. Retrieved on 2009-02-06.
  8. Janne och Tommy assisterar Bengt-Åke (Swedish). Sveriges Radio (2005-03-09). Retrieved on 2009-02-06.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Olsson, Christian (2005-09-28). Frölundatränare permanent i Tre Kronor (Swedish). Sveriges Radio. Retrieved on 2009-02-06.
  10. Balandina, Julia (2006-05-24). Sweden takes Championship gold. The Baltic Times. Retrieved on 2009-02-06.
  11. Leifby, Marcus; Jaber, Jim (2007-04-21). Tre Kronor vann Euro Hockey Tour (Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved on 2009-02-06.
  12. TRE KRONOR SÄSONGEN 2006/2007 (Swedish). Swedish Ice Hockey Association (2007-05-14). Archived from the original on 2007-11-18. Retrieved on 2009-02-06.
  13. Ros, Tomas (2007-05-26). Karlsson hoppar av Tre Kronor: ”Ett enkelt val” (Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved on 2009-02-06.
  14. Ek, Mattias (2008-04-21). Janne Karlsson blir VM-coach i Tre Kronor (Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved on 2009-02-06.

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Preceded by
Hasse Sjöö
Frölunda HC captains
Succeeded by
Mikael Andersson

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