According to media reports, Toni Söderholm’s time as national coach of the German national ice hockey team is about to end. Like the Swiss Blick and the online portal Watson reported unanimously on Tuesday that the 44-year-old Finn is to take over the coaching position at Swiss club SC Bern. The decision was made internally, but confirmation from the club is still pending, he wrote Blick. At the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB), no one was initially available for comment. To dpa-For information, a press conference by the association is planned for Wednesday.
Söderholm only extended his contract until 2026 last spring, but even before that he had toyed with becoming a club coach. At that time, the ambitious coach had spoken openly about the NHL as a possible goal. Bern would not be a new adventure for him. As a former defender, Söderholm played for the 16-time Swiss champions from 2005 to 2007. At SC, Söderholm would also meet German international Dominik Kahun. Söderholm took up the position of national coach at the beginning of 2019 as the successor to Marco Sturm and largely continued the work successfully. At the 2021 World Cup, the DEB selection under Söderholm even made it to the semifinals. Last weekend he had won all three games and thus the four-nation tournament with the selection at the Germany Cup.