Swedish defender Johanna Olofsson, a member of the national team for the past eleven years and a two-time Swedish champion, announced her retirement from hockey at the age of 29, following her second Swedish Cup championship.
A native of Storuman, Olofsson made her pro debut with MODO Hockey in 2007, the club she would remain with for twelve of her fourteen pro seasons, winning a SDHL title (2012) and Silver Medal (2014) and being named Swedish Player of the Year with in 2013 during her tenure in Örnsköldsvik. After her long tenure, Olofsson would spend her final two seasons with one year each at Brynäs and Luleå, winning her second championship with the latter in 2021, choosing to retire as a champion. Olofsson retires with 174 points in 392 career SDHL games, along with 25 points in an additional 62 postseason tilts.
Olofsson first joined the Damkronorna’s junior system in 2009, competing at the World Under-18 Championships, before joining the senior team in 2010-11. She would suit up for her first World Championship in 2012, her first of six (2012-13, 2015-17, 2019), and was part of the Swedish Olympic team in 2014 and 2018. Olofsson would capture three Bronze medals from the Four Nations Cup (2011, 2012, 2014), and a Bronze from the aforementioned Under-18s in 2009, and was named one of Sweden’s Top 3 players at the 2019 World Championship, part of Sweden’s historic relegation from the Top Division for the first time in history.
Despite Sweden’s recent struggles on the international stage, Olofsson was part of Sweden’s fourth and most recent IHLC victory, a shocking victory over Canada at the 2011 Twelve Nations Tournament in Finland. We wish Johanna and her family the very best for her retirement and the things to come!