A wonderful award for the lion legend: “Can there be a greater honor?”

Petteri Nummelin gets into the International Ice Hockey Federation’s gallery of honor. Turku’s coaching career will continue in Switzerland.

Many people remember this. Petteri Nummelini’s hard shot leaves the blue line. Nummelin played in the men’s WC tournament 15 times. PDO

Petteri Nummelin is the 18th Finnish player in the IIHF Hall of Fame.

The Turku resident values ​​the choice highly.

– I don’t know if you can get a bigger honor when you haven’t had a big NHL career, thinks Nummelin.

– My shirt is on the ceiling of the Lugano hall, that’s another big thing. It’s a nice gesture from one club, but this is an international thing.

– When you think about how many great players have played in World Cup tournaments, and not nearly all of them are in that Hall of Fame, Nummelin continues.

In a tough group

In addition to Nummelin, Jaromir Jagr, Kenny Jönsson, Igor LibaJaroslav Pouzar, Ryan Smith, Mel Davidson and Natalie Darwitz.

Poruka’s most famous player is, of course, Jagr, who continues his career in the Czech main league.

– It’s really cool to be selected at the same time as a player like that. Of course, I also remember Igor Liba, Nummelin says.

Jagr played 1,733 regular season games in the NHL and scored an incredible 1,921 points.

Slovakian Liba’s career ended in the spring of 2003. The forward played the 1992–93 season in TuTo.

“A win is a win”

The reason behind Nummelin’s choice is mainly the man’s extensive national team representation. The TPS graduate played a whopping 15 times in the World Hockey Championships.

The most emotional Leijona memory is vivid in my mind.

– Of course, the year 1995 and the world championship come to mind first. A win is always a win, there’s no getting away from it.

– I also remember the spring 2001 German Championships very well. Nothing was expected of us then. Suddenly we were in the final, which we lost to the Czech Republic, the defender legend recalls.

This is how the career continues

Petteri Nummelin is currently coaching in the coveted position in the Swiss premier league in the HC Ajoie team. The native of Turku is also part of the coaching team of the Latvian national team. Last spring, Latvia won the historic World Cup bronze. PASI LEISMA

Nummelin works for the second season as the assistant coach of HC Ajoie, who play in the Swiss league.

– In principle, my continuation in Ajoie next season should be certain. Things have been agreed verbally, the man reveals.

Served as the second assistant coach of the drives Juha-Pekka Hytönen.

Last spring, Nummelin won World Championship bronze in the coaching team of the Latvian national team. The national team competition continues in the spring Czech World Cup tournament.

– We are going there to defend the World Championship bronze. The program also includes the Olympic qualifiers with Latvia. I think the camp for that starts in July, which means there’s probably a month-long summer vacation ahead. Will Riga become familiar this year, 51-year-old Nummelin laughs.

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