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Hockey big gentlemen were sitting anxiously down in 2009 - now English whittle WORLD gold constantly: Erkka Westerlund told how Finland hockey power
Erkka Westerlund told, what changes have led to the current success.That's it! The young Lions are like takeoff, after the world cup finals päätössumeri rings. AOP

Finland has won the sixth season in three children under 20 years of age and two under 18-year-old hockey tourism world championship.

the gold medal of the rain is not a coincidence. Behind it is a well-considered solutions and a lot of work.

running English-to-reel process of change about ten years ago when the Finnish ice hockey federation sports director.

that was the big meeting. I guess it was some sort of a starting shot to do things different, "hockey professor" recalls the covenant the then chairman of the Kalervo Kummola initiative in 2009 to keep the connection opportunity.

vierumäki were invited to the national team coach in addition to the majority of the clubs junior coaches.

we had a big worry, I wasn't right in first round of NHL reservations. We reel not so good individuals, Westerlund remember.

– Big background-the idea was that we have a lot of room for improvement in the individual coaching. There is that potential, and we need to change the coaching culture, team coaching individual direction. It was pretty unanimous.

Message ends

in Practice, the change was pushed vigorously forward youth national team activities more efficient. The first youth national team coach was made full-time.

the national team coach have formed a solid group and legged it iron wilderness Jukka and urama's Raul under the leadership of a lot of clubs. It has become the locomotive of the Finnish hockey, Westerlund shed some light.

the national team coach led the team to their tournaments and camps, but Westerlund according to most sites is between them.

– a Message from the international hockey should be conveyed as well as possible at national level. This I saw the key, he said.

the players ' mental ominaisuuksisa is not forgotten, on the contrary. The new alignment is now shown young Finnish players a strong self-confidence, the NHL deep.

People encounter is really a big part of individual coaching. Nykynuorissa shows that they have grown spiritually. They are brave and play with courage.

Erkka westerlund's role in Finland-reel reforms has been great. AOPJättisatsaus

player development entity supporting sports academies and clubs pestatut skills coaches.

– individual coaching has been strengthened specifically for the academy. The players have got there a lot of their own development. Follow the coach you are the most important, but it's close to have come to these academies.

the Finnish olympic committee sports academy working in the six regional hockey lecturer, in cooperation with the clubs and with educational institutions. In addition, the clubs have their own academy, which offer juniors individual coaching and support to study.

– This is a good package, but if it wouldn't be very organized, as many a coach would make a different direction at work. Now when the national team coaching is afoot clubs, so there has been a good cooperation between clubs, academies and national teams between, Westerlund says.

Nearly 30 follow was hired in 2012 and -13 held world championship games after the coach.

– It is probably the biggest investment, what has been done in the Finnish sport ever, Westerlund said.

– the Union paid a big part, when it went to restart, and then follow you participated in it. When talking about individual skill development, so again it is clubs received a big additional.

Our game

at the Same Vierumäki conclave is scheduled for also English-reel of this decade, the doctrine of Our game was born.

– Strictly speaking, a big change was made in the early 90-ies, when was changed the game of teaching, Westerlund focus.

– Then go to was the system of teaching response teaching. It was a big change, I didn't do the game systems, but react to the game situation. Our game has a continuum to it.

Continuum is in this context, the appropriate word, since Our game has no actual style of play, but the priority order and the way to understand the game continuum.

– urama of Ralen led by national team coach will gather together and bring it to the knowledge of what the international field. There chew the then style of play and modify it according to what kind of results the A-team and youth games has become, Westerlund told reporters.

Still it can be developed that read the game better, to recognize the situations and be able to react faster. It has been the starting idea, how does the Finnish hockey has remained well in the competition.


Our game is the style of play of the flexible. Style of play can its principles to adjust to different circumstances, such as opponent and rink size.

led by the coaching eventually managed to demonstrate that a properly weighted it works also north american in the narrow trough.

in Principle it should work even better in a small rink, Westerlund know.

– But of course north americans have an advantage when they are playing all the time in the small rink.

– the most important thing in Our game is that to be able to react quickly, then a lot of space or little space. It gives it flexibility, while not in any game system issue. Not play all the time in the same way, but to be able to react in the game depending on the situation.


Last season KHL:Salavat Julajev Ufaa coached Westerlund, 61, to keep the training in the intervening years.

it Was clear that this season I take some distance, but better, when not to say anything, he answers the question of his return to the bench in the back.

idly appreciated the professional man, however, are not.

I've been pretty much a Finnish professional coach association involved in the activities, Westerlund told reporters.

the Aim of developing sport and coaching appreciation – and not just in hockey but in general the Finnish sport.

Fresh world champion Kaapo Agility is one of the Finland-reel the new era of the brightest diamonds. IL-TV interviewed a young man the Young Lions after returning home.
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