Finnish head coach Lauri Marjamaki talks to his players. Photo: Matthew Manor / HHOF-IIHF Images
Finland to find future national coach
Lauri Marjamaki has decided not to extend his contract as head coach of the Finnish national team after the 2017/2018.
The 40-year-old has been with the men’s national team since 2013 – since 2015 as head coach – and earlier also coached the U20 national team. During his first two years of the current three-year contract he led Finland to a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Russia and to a fourth-place at the last Worlds earlier this year in Germany and France.
Marjamaki will stay behind the bench for the upcoming season that includes the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea and the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark before taking a new challenge.
“The ice hockey association was ready to continue the agreement but we respect Marjamaki’s decision,” FIHA President Harri Nummela said in a statement. “The search of the new head coach has started.”