RIGA, Latvia – According to Latvian media reports, Slovak Julius Supler will be the coach of recently-founded Dinamo Riga, which will play in the Open Russian Hockey League.
Supler was the head coach of the Slovakian national team for the last two years but the 2008 IIHF World Championship was a huge disappointment for Slovakian hockey as the national team played in the relegation round for the first time. Slovakia's 13th place finish in Canada 2008 was also the first time in 14 World Championships the nation missed the top ten. Supler was also the Slovakian head coach from 1993 to 1996 when he led the team from the C-pool to the top division after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia and also surprised the hockey world with a sixth-place finish in the first time among the elite nations, at the 1994 Olympics.
Supler was head coach of HK Riga 2000 from 2004 to 2006 before he took over Frantisek Hossa’s post as the Slovakian national team coach. Dinamo Riga - a retro-name reminding fans of Latvia's Soviet hockey times - has signed 12 Latvian national team players.