We have updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the NHL’s online services, you agree to these updated documents and to the arbitration of disputes.
Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
SHARE

Jortikka named Finland coach for 2015 World Juniors

Tuesday, 06.17.2014 / 12:20 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

NHL.com

Share with your Friends


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).

Quote of the Day

We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff