Never Playing a Simple Game, with Norway’s Tobias Johansson

He has quietly become of one the most influential coaches in hockey.

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We’re joined by member of the Norwegian Ice Hockey Federation, Tobias Johansson, for episode 199 of the Glass and Out Podcast.

He has quietly become of one the most influential coaches in our sport and as you’ll soon hear, he isn’t afraid to think outside the box.

Johansson, who hails from Sweden, has served as the country’s Director of Player Development since 2021 and will be leading the Men’s National Team as Head Coach at the upcoming World Championships being hosted this May in Finland and Latvia.

Prior to crossing the border to Norway, he spent nine seasons with the legendary Swedish program, Frölunda HC, beginning as the programs U16 coach before being promoted to Director of Player Development. Frölunda is of course considered one of the top development programs in the world, and boasts an alumni list that includes Lucas Raymond, Rasmus Dahlin, Robin Lehner, John Klingberg, Henrik Lundqvist, and Daniel Alfredsson.

Listen as he explains why your players should try beat the defender 1v1 at the offensive blueline, how changing a countries hockey fortunes begins at the initiation levels, and what he’s leaned consulting with National Teams coaches form other sports.

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