For the last several years, it’s seemed like whatever goaltender the Colorado Avalanche throw in net, their numbers improve.
Part of that is the incredible defense Colorado puts in front of them, but a big reason for that is goalie coach Jussi Parkkila, who has been with the team since 2017.
It appears he’ll be sticking around a bit longer.
According to Kevin Weekes, the Avalanche are signing Parkkila to a multi-year extension.
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) September 22, 2023
The Avalanche have not confirmed the extension yet.
If true, it’s fantastic news for Colorado, as Parkkila has proven to be very good at his job. He’s been a big part of the team identifying and targeting goaltenders each summer, including Darcy Kuemper and Alexandar Georgiev. A good goalie coach can be difficult to find, so it’s a smart move by the Avalanche.
Before joining the organization, Parkkila worked overseas, and was famously Semyon Varlamov’s personal goalie coach. That’s a big reason why he ended up in Colorado in the first place, as Varlamov was around for his first two years in Denver.
Stay tuned to CHN as news develops, and for updates during training camp.