Canadian chosen as new Poland hockey coach
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Canadian Ted Nolan has been chosen as Poland's new ice hockey coach.
Ted Nolan. Photo: Buchanan-Hermit [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], Wikimedia Commons
The 59-year-old has previously coached the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Islanders in the National Hockey League (NHL), as well as the Latvian national squad.
Canada “in recent years is the best [team] in the world and I am very glad we have been able to reach an agreement with a coach of such class,” said Polish Ice Hockey Association (PZHL) president Dawid Chwałka, cited by the pzhl.tv website.
“Ted Nolan has recently worked in Latvia and already knows the specifics of European hockey,” Chwałka added.
Nolan replaces Jacek Płachta, who has coached the Polish national team for the last three years.
Under Płachta, the Poles twice finished third and once finished fourth in the Division 1A world championships. Only the best two teams made it through to the elite stages.
Nolan will make his debut as Poland coach on 30 August in a friendly against Hungary in Budapest.