My Hockey Career: Part Three
After having to vacate my head coaching position in Espoo I surprisingly was able to get hired to another club in the country. I was hired to become a coach with HIFK in the Capital of Helsinki. I was signed to a one season contract so I needed to work real hard.
It was a pretty good fit for me because I was not under heavy pressure as I was in Espoo but it was still a very hard job because HIFK is considered one of the top clubs in the nation and we have a lot of great expectations from the fanbase.
You see HIFK or Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna, Helsingfors is a multi-sport club and their fans are crazy. No matter if it was against Jokerit in hockey or the Stadion Derby against HJK the supporters pretty much dictate how our jobs are so no need to mess things up.
It was a great season for us winning the league in the regular season. This got us to make the playoffs as the top seed. Sadly we didn't make the finals, instead we played in the bronze medal match and won 6-2. That was a great way to cap off the season and it gets the club to the Champions Hockey League for the upcoming season.
The Final 2016/17 SM-Liiga Standings
Our 6-2 Bronze Medal game win against Ässät
Despite all of that my contract was not renewed at the time of final contract renewals a month later. So I am now out of a job. This honestly really sucks because I did a great job it was just that I really did not fit in with the HIFK way of life. I totally understand that and am really bummed out about that. Oh well
That leaves me unemployed once again. It is crazy I have in the last two seasons worked with two different clubs. That might seem bad but I am still young and there is still a lot of time in my life. So with that I have decided to take the 2017/18 season off from coaching in the pros.
As I announced that I will be taking the year off from hockey, I decided to move back home to Tampere and just let things happen. Look I am in my 30's and still single, which is not fun at all but now that I have time to be in one once again and just relax a bit. For work I am not sure what I will do but one thing for sure is to coach a few hockey camps and give skating lessons.
Also despite the fact it's those idiots at Ilves I want to catch some football matches this summer. I have said before that football might not be my favourite sport but I can totally appreciate the athleticism and tactical side of things. Maybe this could be what gets me into the sport just a little bit. Just to reiterate I WILL NOT BE SITTING OR SUPPORTING WITH THOSE CLOWNS OF ILVES!!!!!!