>> Illustrative photo – Hockey World Championship match – quarter-finals: Czech Republic – USA, May 25, 2023, Tampere. Czech coach Kari Jalonen after the lost match.
Prague – The Executive Committee of the Czech Ice Hockey Association will discuss the future of national team coach Kari Jalonen today. The Finnish coach still has a contract for next season, the highlight of which will be the World Championships in Prague and Ostrava. However, after the failure in this year's championship, it is not clear whether he will continue with the team.
Czech ice hockey players lost 0:3 to the United States in the quarter-finals in Tampere two weeks ago. After the third place from last year, when under Jalonen they ended their ten-year wait for a medal from a major event, they finished eighth, which is the worst ranking of the national team in history. will ask coach Jalonen “for an explanation of why creativity, courage, will and combativeness were missing.” According to him, the Czech Republic should present itself with a different style of play at the home world championship next year.