Former Detroit Red Wings player Johan Garpenlov, currently coaching Team Sweden, has temporarily left the team to grieve with his family after the death of his father.
According to media outlet Aftonbladet, Garpenlov’s dad, Kjell, died of blood poisoning after a week of struggling against the infection. He was 78.
While Garpenlov is away, the Swedish team will be lead by assistant national team coaches Markus Åkerblom and Marcus Ragnarsson. The Swedes play the Czechs today in a pre-World Championship exhibition and face Finland on Sunday. Red Wings Magnus Hellberg and Lucas Raymond are planning to join the Swedish Team. Detroit prospect Elmer Soderblom is playing for the team in the pre-tournament games.
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