Janne Karlsson (ice hockey b. 1958)

January Tordh Ingemar " Janne " Karlsson ( born August 28, 1958 in Växjö ) is a retired Swedish professional ice hockey player and current coach.


Janne Karlsson began his career as a hockey player with the HV71, for the first team, he made his debut in the then still second-class Division 1 in the season 1977/78. In the 1978/79 season the defense succeeded with his team, the rise in the Elitserien, but you had to direct relegated again to Division 1 already in the next season suffered. For the 1981/82 season he joined the Västra Frölunda HC of the Elitserien to, with whom he also descended into the 1983/84 season in the Division 1. Only in the 1988/89 season led the links Sagittarius the club as team captain for promotion back to the Elitserien. Most recently, he ran from 1990 to 1993 for the second division Mörrums GoIS IK on. He subsequently served as head coach from 1993 to 1995.

Between 1997 and 2000, Karlsson was active as a coach in the youth department of his former clubs Västra Frölunda HC. There he was appointed to the 2000/01 season as assistant coach of the first team from the Elitserien, with whom he won the national title in that position in the 2002/03 season. Over the 2003/04 season, he broke from Conny Evensson as head coach at Frölunda and was again in the following season champion with the team. Besides working for Frölunda he was under Bengt -Åke Gustafsson also from 2004 to 2006 assistant coach of the Swedish national team, with the first at the Olympic Winter Games and then at the World Championships he won the gold medal in 2006.

Following the 2005/ 06 season the Frölunda HC Karlsson left and became assistant to Gunnar Persson at Linköpings HC. This he solved in the course of his first year as head coach from. In summer 2008, he left the LHC and returned as an assistant for Frölunda HC. For the 2009/10 season, the Swede was committed by the HV71, with which he also won the championship title at first attempt. The following season he led the HV71 to first place in the main round. For the 2011/12 season Karlsson joined for the first time abroad and signed a contract as an assistant coach at Atlant Mytischtschi from the Kontinental Hockey League. There he worked as in the national team with Bengt -Åke Gustafsson, whom he replaced in November 2011 as head coach. On 20 October 2012, he was dismissed from Atlant Mytischtschi and replaced by the former assistant coach Alexander Smirnov. In January 2013, he took over Rögle BK the office of the head coach and replaced in this position, the Norwegians Dan Tangnes.

Awards and achievements

As a player

As a coach

  • 2003 Swedish Champion Västra Frölunda HC with ( assistant coach )
  • 2005 Swedish Champion with the Frölunda HC ( as head coach )
  • 2010 Swedish Champion with the HV71 ( as head coach )


  • 2006 Gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games ( assistant coach )
  • 2006 Gold medal at the World Cup ( as assistant coach )