Latvian hockey on the rise?
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09-17-2012, 09:07 AM
Join Date: Apr 2012
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It`s a possibility(lets hope not),but currently the coaching situation is not as bad as in 07 or 08,because Latvia is currently getting out of the crisis and it takes time.
Yeah, Denmark had all the luck with coaches, since alot the foreign superplayers of the 80's and early 90's actually stayed in Denmark after ending their career and has been coaches for the clubs and some has continued to different U18 and U20 national teams (Todd Bjørkstrand as the real shining example). They most certainly didn't coach in Denmark for the financial reasons alone, but since they had a hockey club needing their expertize in their town.
It seems to me that some of the former Latvian NHL stars has to start up some youth building - that would also hugely increase the PR value if you as a kid could get for instance Ozolins or Irbe as coach - even if it was just part time.
Otherwise if you could get some foreign Dinamo Riga stars to marry and settle in Latvia so that they could coach after ending their career?! Only having coaches from one nation could easily bring a kind of uniformity and decrease influx of ideas.
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