Coaches

Lauri Marjamäki is the head coach of Jokerit for the 2018-20 seasons. His assistant coaches are Tony Virta, Pekka Kangasalusta and Ari-Pekka Pajuluoma. Markus Ketterer is the goaltending coach and team leader. Tomi Mäki was appointed development coach in 2019.

Head coach: Lauri Marjamäki, b. 29 May 1977, Tampere

Lauri Marjamäki became a Jokerit coach before the 2018-19 season on a four-year contract. In his career, Marjamäki has coached in the Finnish SM-liiga, where he won two championships, as well as most recently the Finnish national team.

Marjamäki became a coach in his home town of Tampere soon after he stopped playing. He was the U18's coach at Ilves during the 1999-01 seasons and moved onto the club's U16's team after that. In 2003, Marjamäki joined Espoo Blues where he rose through the ranks as head coach of the U16's team, to U18's and eventually to the U20's.

Season 2007-08 saw Marjamäki start working as assistant coach for the Blues SM-liiga team as a part of head coach Petri Matikainen's staff. During the following four years, Blues finished 2nd twice in the Finnish league. During two of those years, Marjamäki was also assistant and head coach in the Finnish U20's national team.

Marjamäki became Espoo Blues head coach in 2011. He then joined Kärpät Oulu as head coach in 2013 and won the Finnish league title in 2014 and 2015. After the latter season, Marjamäki was also named Coach of the Year of SM-liiga. During the first two seasons at Kärpät, Marjamäki also worked as assistant coach in the Finnish national team which reached Olympic bronze and silver at the World Championships in 2014.

Before joining Jokerit, Marjamäki was head coach of the Finnish national team for two years and four different major tournaments: World Cup of Hockey, Olympics and two IIHF World Championships.

Assistant coach: Tony Virta, b. June 28th 1972, Hämeenlinna

Former Jokerit forward Virta joined the club's KHL team as an assistant coach for the 2019-20 season. After a successful playing career, Virta has already been a coach for a number of years.

During seasons 2017-19, Virta was an assistant coach in Jokerit's affiliate team Kiekko-Vantaa in Mestis (2nd tier league in Finland). Before that he worked in his hometown with HPK Hämeenlinna where he was an assistant coach in the club's U20 and U18 teams.

As a player, Virta won three Finnish league titles with TPS Turku, one silver medal and one bronze medal in IIHF World Championships with Finland. He played nearly 700 games in the Finnish league and played also in the NHL, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden.

Virta is a product of HPK Hämeenlinna where he also started his pro career. After five years with HPK and one in Germany, Virta joined TPS where won three Finnish league titles in successive seasons 1999-2001. Virta then joined the Minnesota Wild organisation and played in eight NHL games.

Virta played in four IIHF World Championships during his career. He joined Jokerit in 2005 and represented the club until 2008 after returning to HPK. He ended his pro career in 2009-10 with Leksand in Sweden.

Assistant coach: Pekka Kangasalusta, b. September 22nd 1977, Jurva

Kangasalusta joined Jokerit coaching staff ahead of the 2020-21 season on a 2-year deal. He had previously been head coach for Jukurit Mikkeli of the Finnish league.

Kangasalusta started his coaching career in Ilves Tampere where he worked with the club's U18 team in 2007-08. He then proceeded to the U20's team where he was a head coach for two seasons before being named assistant coach in the league team.

Kangasalusta was the head coach of Jokerit affiliate team Kiekko-Vantaa in Mestis during the 2012-14 seasons. He was then appointed as assistant coach in IFK Helsinki of the Finnish league for three seasons.

During the 2017-18 campaign Kangasalusta worked as an assistant coach in the Finnish national team which was lead by head coach Lauri Marjamäki. The team played in both the Olympics and the IIHF World Championships that year.

Kangasalusta became the head coach of Jukurit Mikkeli of the Finnish league in 2018 and held the post until January of 2020 before joining Jokerit.

As a player, Kangasalusta played nearly 300 games in the Finnish league representing Ilves, HIFK, Kärpät, TPS and Ässät.

Assistant coach: Ari-Pekka Pajuluoma, b. March 7th 1976, Vaasa

Pajuluoma joined Jokerit coaching staff ahead of the 2020-21 campaign on a 2-year deal. He had previously worked as the head coach of Sport Vaasa of the Finnish league.

Pajuluoma quickly took up coaching after ending his playing career in 2005. He since worked for his home town club for 15 years in different positions in the first team and in junior teams.

Pajuluoma was an assistant coach in Sport when the team won two back to back Mestis (2nd tier league in Finland) titles in 2011 and 12. In both years, Finnish league held best-of-seven series between the last-placed team in the league and winner of Mestis but Sport wasn't able to win promotion.

Sport was promoted in 2014 and Pajuluoma continued in the coaching staff lead by head coach Tomek Valtonen. After one year Pajuluoma went back to the juniors and was head coach for the U20's team and executive director for all Sport's junior teams.

Ahead of the 2018-19, Pajuluoma was named Sport's head coach in the Finnish league. The team finished in 11th place and during the following year he was let go mid-season. Pajuluoma then joined Mestis side Hermes Kokkola as head coach, a post he had held already in 2017-18.

As a player, Pajuluoma represented Sport in over 200 Mestis games.

Goaltending coach and team leader: Markus Ketterer, b. 23 October 1967, Helsinki

Markus Ketterer returned to Jokerit Finnish SM-liiga coaching staff for the 2011-12 season after a break of 9 years. Ketterer is both the Goaltending Coach and Team Manager.

The former top goaltender had a successful career as a player. Raised in Jokerit, he broke through the junior ranks to the senior team early and played one season of Finnish Championship Series divisional hockey before making a move to TPS. After three seasons and three Finnish SM-liiga championships Ketterer returned to play for Jokerit for 1991-92 and continued his winning streak by picking up a fourth Finnish SM-liiga title in a row.  He continued for another season at Jokerit before moving to the Buffalo Sabres organization. 

After two seasons in AHL, Ketterer played two seasons in Färjestad, where he won the Swedish Championship in 1997. He returned to Jokerit in 1997-98 to share the goaltending responsibilities with Ari Sulander. Ketterer ended his career as a player after one more year with Jokerit.

Ketterer played a long and successful career in Finnish national teams. In IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championships, he took gold. For the Finnish national team, he played 108 games, 4 times in IIHF Ice Hockey  World Championships and once in the Olympics, Canada Cup and World Cup. He was the first-choice goaltender winning the first World Championships medal (silver) for Finland in Prague in 1992.

After his career as a player, Ketterer was the Goaltending Coach for Jokerit in 1999-2002. During this time, he was a part of the Finnish SM-liiga championship winning team. He has continued working with Jokerit junior teams, leading training sessions for the young goaltenders. Ketterer was appointed as a member of the Jokerit Junior Coaching Lead Committee, where he is still active.

Development coach: Tomi Mäki b. August 19th 1983, Helsinki

Mäki is the development coach of Jokerit and is responsible for the individual training of young players in the club's KHL team, U20's team and Mestis side Kiekko-Vantaa which is the affiliate of Jokerit. He has held the post since 2019.

Mäki represented Jokerit all his years as a junior and never played for another Finnish team as a pro neither. He ranks first for games played in club history with 628 (55 goals, 67 assists, 122 points). The forward achieved silver in 2005 and bronze in 2012 with Jokerit in the Finnish league.

As a junior, Mäki won two bronze medals in the U20's IIHF World Championships and one bronze in the U18's IIHF World Championships. He made his debut in Jokerit league team in 2001. He spent the 2005-08 seasons with the Calgary Flames organisation after which he returned home to Jokerit where he spent the final 11 years of his playing career.

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