“This is a good place to work and the national team has the right kind of buzz. We always have a chance to succeed when we go to big tournaments, which is thanks to the skilled players and the committed, extremely professional management team,” said Jalonen.
The two year contract includes the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which Finland will co-host on home ice in Tampere together with Riga, Latvia, as well as the 2024 edition in Czechia. The contract includes an out-clause for the NHL midway the contract period.
Jalonen recently led Finland to double gold at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing and at the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on home ice in Tampere. He was also the head coach behind the World Championship titles in 2011 and 2019 and silver in 2021. Jalonen led the men’s national team from 2009 to 2013 and again since the 2018/2019 season. He also won another gold medal as head coach at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship on home ice in Helsinki.