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Contract with Beliavski not extended

Published 12.04.2023 16:33 GMT+3 | Author Martin Merk
Latvia looking for coach
The contract with Alexander Beliavski as Latvian national team coach was not extended after one year. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
The Latvian Hockey Federation decided at the board meeting on Tuesday that the contract with national team coach Alexander Beliavski won’t be extended.

In the report about the team’s performance at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship the board deemed the 13th-place finish unsatisfactory after having set a top-10 placement as the minimum goal.

The former Latvian national team player Beliavski took over for 2014/15 from Ted Nolan, who left the national team for the Buffalo Sabres.

At the recent Worlds the Latvians had a 2-5 record and secured their spot in the top division only on the last day thanks to gaining one point in a 3-2 shootout loss against France.

At the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, Latvia will play in Group A in Moscow that also includes host Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark and Kazakhstan.

Latvia will also host one of the three Final Olympic Qualification groups for PyeongChang 2018 where the Baltic nation will battle it out against Germany, Austria and a qualifier in the tournament held 1-4 September 2016.


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