Jussi Parkkila just finished his second season as Colorado's goaltending coach after being named to the position on July 7, 2017.
The Avalanche improved from 30th in goals-against average to 15th during Parkkila's first season in 2017-18. Colorado ranked seventh in team save percentage (.914) and allowed the seventh-fewest 5-on-5 goals in the league (140).
Prior to joining the Avs, Parkkila, 41, spent 12 seasons coaching goaltenders in Europe, which included a five-year stint in Russia's KHL and two seasons in Finland's top professional league (Liiga). He spent the 2016-17 campaign coaching goalies for the Grazz 99ers in Austria. Prior to that, Parkkila served as goaltending coach in the KHL with Avangard Omsk (2014-15), SKA St. Petersburg (2011-14) and Atlant Mytischi (2010-11).
After three years with the Ilves U-20 team in Finland, Parkkila began his pro coaching career with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in 2007-08, where he tutored current Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov. The Tampere, Finland, native then moved on to coach with Tappara in Finland's top league for two seasons (2008-10).
Jussi resides in his native Finland during the offseason with his wife, Niina, and daughter, Julia.