The successor to master trainer Don Jackson at EHC Red Bull Munich has been well-established. Former national coach Toni Söderholm takes over. The former player reveals what he has been hoping for for a long time.
The former national ice hockey coach Toni Söderholm will be the new head coach at the German ice hockey champions EHC Red Bull Munich. The Finn thus succeeds Don Jackson, who ended his successful career as a coach. “I always had hope that the day would come to be able to work here. The way people work at Red Bull Munich has always impressed me,” said the 45-year-old to the German Press Agency.
Söderholm had last worked at the traditional Swiss club SC Bern. In November last year he gave up his position as head coach when selecting the German Ice Hockey Federation in order to be able to work at his ex-club in Switzerland. Harold Kreis succeeded him as national coach.
“His mentality, his expertise and his character are an excellent match for our requirement profile,” said EHC manager Christian Winkler. “With him we are best equipped for the upcoming tasks.”
Return to old place of work
In the 2015/16 season, Söderholm still wore the Red Bulls jersey as a player and celebrated the first German championship in the club’s history with the Munich side. He then moved to the team’s coaching staff. After more than two years as “development coach” for the Red Bulls and coach of the Munich cooperation partner SC Riessersee, Söderholm took over the position of national coach from Marco Sturm on January 1, 2019.
“Here I had the opportunity and the honor to learn from Don Jackson, among others. Now I will continue his legacy with great respect,” said Söderholm. He should be entrusted with the new task for more than one season.
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