German National Team coach Toni Söderholm on preparing for the Olympics

Aaron Wilbur

I’m a husband, father, sports nut, entrepreneur and grateful to call Vancouver home. I enjoy cooking, watching live music and hiking the North Shore mountains with my family. My son is a football player, which has turned me into a big football fan. It’s helped me appreciate what hockey parents go through, especially those who have little experience with the sport, when trying to navigate their child up the hockey ladder.

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Recent international success and a talented roster has the German's looking to make noise in Beijing.

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In episode #154 of the Glass and Out Podcast, we welcome Toni Söderholm, head coach of German National Team.

The Kauniainen, Finland, native has had a unique, yet quick rise to his current role. After retiring from his playing career in 2016, he joined his former team EHC München in the DEL as a player development coach. Within two seasons, Söderholm became an assistant with the German U20 team and head coach of their entry into the World Championships. Now just six seasons into his coaching career, he’s preparing Germany for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.

Under Söderholm’s leadership, Germany qualified for these Olympics by finishing in fourth at the 2020 World Championships. With the recent string of international success and a roster that will no doubt feature the most talent they’ve ever had, Söderholm and the Germans have high hopes for the upcoming tournament.

Find out how he overcame a lack of coaching experience, how his well-travelled playing career helped shape him as a leader, and what goes into preparing a team for the biggest international tournament in hockey.

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