WARSAW – The Polish Ice Hockey Federation named Wiktor Pysz its new head coach of the men’s national team.
It isn’t the first appointment with the national team for the 60 year-old, as he coached the team from 1999 to 2004. He was behind the bench the last time Poland played in the top division in 2002, a team that also featured his son, Chicago Blackhawks draftee Patryk Pysz, on the roster.
Recently, he coached his hometown club Podhale Nowy Targ before working for the Polish federation in 2008. Pysz follows Swede Peter Ekroth, who was dismissed in May due to financial reasons.
Poland had a fourth-place finish at the Division I tournament on home ice in Torun last April. They will play the 2010 IIHF World Championship Division I Group B in Ljubljana against host Slovenia, Hungary, Great Britain, Croatia and Korea.
Poland has earned Division I silver four times in the last eight years.