"We can't help but be excited to have someone with his vast experience and knowledge as a part of our program," Idalski said.
"I have been following the program since April 2007 when we had our pre-camp training for Team Sweden before the women's World Championship Tournament in 2007," Elander said. "When Brian Idalski stepped in as head coach the program took a direction to be a true, elite program with potential to challenge all other D-I universities."
Elander brings a wealth of international experience to UND after spending the last nine years as the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) head coach of the Swedish women's national team.
"Together with coach Idalski, I can see the program going from good to excellent," Elander said. "With the facilities equivalent to a Nobel prize-winning lab but in hockey instead of chemistry, and a town that gives great support and has a history of excellent hockey, this is a chance of a lifetime for me and my family to take an inspirational step in our lives."
"We are very excited and the Fighting Sioux women's hockey team will be recognized as a powerhouse in women's hockey, not only on the university level, but also in the international level with Jocelyn and Monique Lamoureux as leading examples as two of the top players and medalists from these last Olympics."
Team Sweden has become a international contender each year under his tutelage, having coached the team to two medals in the Olympics and four top-five finishes in World Championship competitions.
Most recently Elander led his team to a fourth-place finish at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics after suffering a 3-2 overtime loss to Finland in the bronze medal game. Six current WCHA standouts played for Elander including goaltender Kim Martin, defensemen Jenni Asserholt, Emilia Andersson and forwards Elin Holmlov and Pernilla Winberg.
In 2006, under his tutelage, Sweden had its highest finish in international competition. Sweden completed the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, as silver medalists including the monumental upset over the United States. Sweden came back from a 2-0 deficit early in the game to win 3-2 in a shootout to reach the gold-medal game against Canada (4-1 loss).
In his first year as head coach of the national team, Elander coached Sweden to their first medal with a third-place finish at the 2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City, Utah). Before Elander took over as head coach, Sweden finished in fifth place in the first year the Winter Olympics included women's hockey in 1998 (Nagano, Japan).
"I think I will bring all of my nine years of experience, including two Olympic Games and five World Championships, from the highest international level both for the players and the rest of the coaching staff," Elander said. "UND will benefit from my large international network both in recruiting and scouting players and the benefits of knowing people around the top international players."
From 1988-99 Elander coached men's hockey, including the Swedish U-20 National Team that finished in fourth place in the World Championships (1998-99) and four years as an assistant coach of Rogle BK in the Swedish Elite League (1991-95).
As associate head coach, Elander's primary responsibilities will be coaching forwards, special teams and recruiting.
"I think Peter and I are going to split a lot of things on and off the ice," Idalski said. "Our power play and shootouts are going to be something he has a huge influence over. He is someone who offensively was very gifted as a player and is very good as a teacher. Those are areas you are going to see big improvements in."
"The goal is to help the team improve every season, every month and every day," Elander said. "To be a title contender and to reach the final goal of being a national champio."
Elander speaks five languages fluently: Swedish, English, German, Danish and Norwegian and some Italian and French and does public speaking appearances in his spare time.
Elander's family includes his wife, Charlene, and two sons Alex, 17, and Daniel, 5.
2009-10 Swedish women's National team - Olympics (4th place)
2008-09 Swedish women's National team - World Championships (4th place)
2007-08 Swedish women's National team - World Championships (5th place)
2006-07 Swedish women's National team - World Championships (bronze medal)
2005-06 Swedish women's National team - Olympics (silver medal)
2004-05 Swedish women's National team -World Championships (bronze medal)
2003-04 Swedish women's National team - World Championships (4th place)
2002-03 Swedish women's National team -Word Championships (cancelled due to SARS)
2001-02 Swedish women's National team - Olympics (bronze medal)
1998-99 Swedish under 20 men's National team - World Championships (4th place)
1996-97 Aalborg, Danish league
1995-96 Tyringe Swedish 3rd level
1991-95 Rögle BK assistant coach - Swedish Elite League
1988-89 Bergen/Djerv Norway - second league advancing to first league
89-91 Tyringe Swedish second league
88-89 Bergen /Djerv Norway second league player/coach
86-88 Rögle BK Swedish second league
85-86 Hammarby Swedish second league
84-85 Vallentuna Swedish second league
81-84 Västra Frölunda Swedish Elite League
80-81 Sodertalje Swedish Elite League
76-80 Team Sweden Junior National Program inclusive -18 European,-20 WC
77-80 Mora IK Swedish second league