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Extraliga types: Tuukka Poikonen finished in HC 05 Banská Bystrica

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Tuukka Poikonen is no longer a hockey coach at Banská Bystrica. HC ’05 management prematurely ended their collaboration with the Finnish coach. The club, which plays in the extra league, also announced on its website on Wednesday that it has also terminated its contract with striker Brian Ihnajak by mutual agreement.

Baranov will be temporarily headed by Boykonen’s current assistants, Ivan Druppa and Tomash Surov. The 36-year-old Finnish captain has been under Urbin since January 2021, when he took over from the now poor Miroslav Chud.

Under his leadership, the team’s game has improved, as he led him as head coach in 42 out of the league games, 24 of them last season. However, the Bystrcans began worrying about the results in November, winning only once in their last seven meetings and winning only four points.

“We have made a decision regarding the change of training chair based on the recent unfavorable results,” HC ’05 Sports Director Július Koval explained. Prior to working at Bystrica, Poikonen coached youth teams at Ilves Tampere.

Another change concerns player lines, with the club ending its collaboration with Brian Ihnajak by mutual agreement. The 36-year-old center competed in the current league season in 15 matches, in which a Canadian scored nine points (3 + 6).

“Due to the fact that the club cannot play with spectators in the stands, the club is economically limited.” He felt that this was not optimal for him. Our paths diverge properly, but we will do everything we can to strengthen the team. defender.” He told the club’s website.

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A native of Toronto, Canada, representing Italy, he came to Banska Bystrica for the first time in January 2020, and has scored 12 points (5+7) in 12 seasons this season. Peter Ihnajak’s son and nephew Miroslav Ihnacak then left the club and returned to the club in January 2021, a few days before Boykonen was appointed head coach.

Almost immediately, he joined the backbone of the renewed team. He played an unforgettable match in March, when he collected five points (1 + 4) against Dukla Trenčín (6:3). He played a total of 52 matches with Bystrica, in which he scored 51 points.