Tuomas Tuokkola takes over from Raipe as Head Coach

Tuomas Tuokkola starts his role as head coach immediately, he was due to start at the end of this season, but Raimo Helminen has been relieved of his duties after a very poor run of form that has seen us become out of sight at the bottom of the league.

It is the right choice in my opinion as it will give Tuokkola a chance to play around with his squad and develop his tactics for the next couple of months so he has a much better idea of what is expected by the time the new season starts in September.

Without doubt Raipe is one of, if not the biggest icon in the history of the club, even with so many losses in his career as Ilves head coach that will never tarnish his reputation as the very best, a true legend, gentleman and champion. #41 will always live on in spirit even when he is not on the ice or in the team benches.

Tuomas Tuokkola will have the backing of everyone and we all give our best wishes to Raimo and hope that it’s not the last we see of him, thanks again for everything!

Tuokkola’s first match will be the biggest, a home derby against 4th placed Tappara, a win in this game and he will start his Ilves coaching career off to the best possible start!



Posted on January 23, 2013, in The Coach / Business related and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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