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Jortikka named Finland coach for 2015 World Juniors

Tuesday, 06.17.2014 / 12:20 PM / News

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Jortikka named Finland coach for 2015 World Juniors
Hannu Jortikka on Tuesday was named coach of the defending gold medal-winning Finnish National Junior Team for the 2015 World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal.

Hannu Jortikka on Tuesday was named coach of the defending gold medal-winning Finnish National Junior Team for the 2015 World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal.

The International Ice Hockey Federation made the announcement. Jortikka signed a two-year contract that covers the 2015 WJC and 2016 WJC in Helsinki, Finland.

Jortikka, who was elected to the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006 as a coach, will take over for Karri Kivi. Kivi, who led Finland to a gold medal at the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden, accepted an offer to coach Traktor Chelyabinsk in the Kontinental Hockey League.

"I've coached three years in Russia and it's great to return to Finland," Jortikka told the IIHF website.

Jortikka, 57, led Finland to its first gold medal in a world championship event at the 1987 World Junior Championship in Czechoslovakia. He also coached the Finnish U-20 national team in 1986 (sixth-place finish), 1988 (third), 1990 (fourth), 1997 (fifth) and 2010 (fifth).

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