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Bolzano's master coach Kai Suikkanen is back in South Tyrol. © APA / EXPA/JFK

Sensation: Kai Suikkanen is back in South Tyrol

This news is making waves in the local ice hockey scene: Kai Suikkanen is returning to South Tyrol. However, to a place you wouldn't expect.

In South Tyrol, or rather in Bolzano, Kai Suikkanen is an unforgettable figure. In 2018 he won one of the most magical titles in South Tyrolean sports history with the Foxes. In January, the people of Bolzano were last in the table, and a few weeks later they were able to lift the Karl Nedwed Trophy of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (now ICE Hockey League). Suikkanen made himself immortal with this triumph in the Talferstadt - and his early release in the following ice hockey year didn't change that.


As a result, the cool Finn coached Dornbirn (EBEL) for three years, filled in as a firefighter for DEL club Augsburger Panther last season - and is now making a sensational return to South Tyrol. He will look after SV Kaltern in the Italian Hockey League next season.

The runner-up from last season has landed a real transfer hammer. In addition to his engagements in the EBEL and the DEL, Suikkanen was also active as a head coach in Finland's highest league and in the KHL. One thing is certain: there has never been a Kai Suikkanen in Italy's second highest league - and there probably won't be one again any time soon.

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