Petri Matikainen

Petri Matikainen ( born January 7, 1967 in Savonlinna ) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey player and current coach.

  • 2.1 as a player
  • 2.2 as coach


Petri Matikainen began his career as a hockey player in his hometown in the junior department of SaPKo Savonlinna, for the first team he made his debut in the I- divisioona, the Finnish second division was in the 1984/85 season. Then the defender spent two years with the Oshawa Generals in the Canadian Junior Football League Ontario Hockey League. With Oshawa 1987, he won the J. Ross Robertson Cup, the champion of the OHL. He then returned to his Finnish homeland, where he received a contract with the top team Tappara Tampere of the SM - liiga. With Tappara he won in the 1987/88 season at first Finnish championship title. In the same year he won with his team at the European level in third place in the European Cup. From 1989 to 1994 he played for Jokipojat in the first and second Finnish league. Then he stood in two years for KalPa Kuopio in the SM- liiga on the ice. For the season 1996 /97 Links shooter was committed by the Berlin Capitals of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. There he also began the following season before he joined mid-season the EC KAC in the Austrian Hockey League. With the team he was at the end of the season and finished runner-up with the team to second place in the Alps league. In the 1998/99 season he was again runner-up with the EC KAC, before he ended his active career at the age of 32 years.

In the 2003 /04 season Matikainen began his career as a hockey coach. As head coach, he oversaw the U20 Juniors of Pelicans Lahti, whose first team he supervised in the 2004/05 season in the SM- liiga. From 2005 to 2007 he was assistant coach of the Espoo Blues of the SM- liiga. He then spent four years as head coach for the team and led them in the seasons 2007/ 08 and 2010/11 as an outsider to each runner. For this he received in two seasons, the Kalevi Numminen - Trophy as Coach of the Year of the SM - liiga. For the 2011/12 season the Finn has been committed by the reigning champions HIFK Helsinki as head coach. From 2012 he served as head coach at Avangard Omsk HK before he was released after six games of the 2013/14 season.

In addition to his coaching career in the club, Matikainen was in the years 2004, 2005 and 2007 as an assistant Rainer center of the Finnish U20 national team at the World Championships active. At the World Championship 2011, he was with the senior national team of Finland as an assistant coach world champion.


For Finland took Matikainen part in the U20 World Junior Championships in 1986 and 1987. In the 1987 U20 World Cup, he became world champion with his team.

Awards and achievements

As a player

As coach

  • 2008 Finnish runner with the Espoo Blues
  • 2008 Kalevi Numminen trophy -
  • 2011 Finnish runner with the Espoo Blues
  • 2011 Kalevi Numminen trophy -
  • 2011 Gold medal at the World Cup ( as assistant coach )