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Jussi Parkkila
Goaltending Coach

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.