ZURICH Ė The Swiss Ice Hockey Federation has announced that last seasonís U20 national team coach Manuele Celio will coach the U18 national team next year. A new U20 coach will be sought in the meantime.
Celio will also be one of Sean Simpsonís assistant coaches in the menís national team. He was the Swiss head coach in two IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championships (2010, 2011) and was coaching the U20 national team in the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Canada.
Markus Studer, coach of third-tier team EHC Winterthur, and former Toronto Maple Leafs first-round pick Luca Cereda, who coaches the juniors of HC Ambrž-Piotta, were named Celioís assistant coaches in the U18 national team.
An U20 national team coach is being searched. For the camps in the upcoming weeks in Arosa and FŁssen, Germany, the team will be led by Simpson, head coach of the menís national team.
Ari Sulander, long-time goalie of the Finnish national team and of Swiss club ZSC Lions Zurich, will come to Switzerland as a guest coach at the summer camps of the U20, U18, U17 and U16 national teams.