Avangard Omsk has announced the appointment of Petri Matikainen as head coach. The club has signed the specialist from Finland on a three-year contract. The new team boss flew to Omsk today to acquaint himself with his duties and join up with his players, who have already begun their first preseason training.

FACT FILE
Petri Matikainen was born on the 7th of January 1967 in Savonlinna, Finland. He was a defenseman in his playing days, and in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft he was selected by the Buffalo Sabres at #140 overall. Petri has two sons, and he qualified as a coach in 2002.

Playing career
1984-85 SaPKo (Finland, First Division)
1985-87 Oshawa Generals (OHL)
1987-89 Tappara Tampere (Finland)
1989-94 Jokipojat (Finland)
1994-96 KalPa Kuopio (Finland)
1996-98 Berlin Capitals (Germany)
1998-99 Klagenfurt (Austria)
Overall, in various leagues and countries Petri Matikainen played in 745 matches, scored 124 goals, made 262 assists and clocked up 850 minutes of playing time.

Coaching career
2003-04 Pelicans U20 (Finland) – head coach
2003-04 Finland U20 – assistant coach
2004-05 Pelicans (Finland) – head coach
2004-05 Finland U20 – assistant coach
2005-07 Blues (Finland) – assistant coach
2006-07 Finland U20 – assistant coach
2008-11 Blues (Finland) – head coach
2011 Finland – assistant coach
2011-12 HIFK (Finland) – head coach
2012 Finland – assistant coach

HONORS
As player:
OHL Champion 1987
Champion of Finland 1988
Championship of Austria runner-up 1998, 1999
U20 World Junior Championship winner 1987
As coach:
Championship of Finland runner-up 2008, 2011
Finnish League Coach of the Year 2008, 2011
World Championship Gold Medalist 2011

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