Jukka Jalonen

Jukka Jalonen

Head coach of the Finnish national team
Date of Birth: 02.11.1962
Country: Finland

Biography of Jukka Jalonen

Jukka Jalonen, the head coach of the Finnish national team, was recently appointed as the new coach of SKA Saint Petersburg. The 50-year-old expert had been a leading candidate for the position after the dismissal of Milos Riha. Jalonen confirmed that he will take charge of the club on December 1st.

Jalonen expressed his excitement about the opportunity to coach in the KHL, stating that just a week ago, it seemed like a fantasy. He mentioned that the contacts with the managers from Saint Petersburg had begun much earlier than expected. When asked about his role in the Finnish national team, Jalonen confirmed that he will continue his duties until May, after the home World Championships.

Jalonen spoke highly of the SKA team, mentioning their strong roster and the presence of Ilya Kovalchuk as one of the main reasons for accepting the position. He expressed his ambition to become the first foreign coach to win the Gagarin Cup.

Jalonen consulted with his assistant, Petri Matikainen, who had worked in Russia during the 2012 World Championships. Matikainen provided positive feedback about the KHL, mentioning the high level of club hockey and the talented and hardworking players in the league. This feedback further solidified Jalonen's decision to join SKA.

Although he was unable to watch the team's recent game against Donbass, Jalonen expressed his eagerness to begin his new responsibilities and stated that he will start working with the team remotely until he arrives in Saint Petersburg.