Jussi Parkkila begins his fourth season as Colorado's goaltending coach after being named to his position on July 7, 2017.
After ranking 30th in team goals-against average prior to Parkkila's arrival, the Avs have improved from 16th to 15th to sixth, where they ranked in team goals-against average (2.69) to close out the 2019-20 campaign, finishing in the top 10 of the category for the first time since 2002-03. The Avs also ranked fourth in team save percentage (.913).
Prior to joining the Avs, Parkkila, 43, 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. 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.