Toni Söderholm

Toni Kristian Söderholm (born April 14, 1978) is a Finnish ice hockey coach and a retired ice hockey defenceman. He is the head coach of the German men's national team.

Toni Söderholm
Söderholm Toni Suomi.jpg
Born (1978-04-14) April 14, 1978 (age 43)
Kauniainen, Finland
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for HIFK
SC Bern
Frölunda HC
EHC München
National team  Finland
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1998–2016

Playing careerEdit

A native of Finland's capital city of Helsinki, Söderholm played in the HIFK youth system in the early- and mid-1990s before taking his game to North America. From 1995 to 1997, he attended Trinity College School in Ontario, then returned to HIFK for the 1997–98 season and headed over the pond again to enroll at the University of Massachusetts.[1] He served as team captain for the Minutemen his senior year (2001–02).

Upon graduation, Söderholm returned to HIFK and received Liiga Rookie of the Year honors in the 2002–03 season. In his second year in the league, Söderholm won the Pekka Rautakallio Award as the Defenceman of the Year. After his third season, in which he served as HIFK captain, he took up an offer from Switzerland and embarked on a two-year stint with SC Bern of the National League A (NLA) in 2005. Söderholm then signed with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) in 2007. In the course of the second season with Frölunda, he returned to HIFK. Söderholm won the Finnish championship with HIFK in 2011 and was presented with the Jari Kurri Award as the MVP of the playoffs.

On April 7, 2015, after a total of 10 seasons with HIFK's men's team, Söderholm left abroad for a second time in his professional career in signing to provide a veteran presence on a one-year contract with German club EHC München of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).[2] He won the German championship in his single season with the München team and announced the end of his playing career some weeks later in May 2016.[3]

International playEdit

Söderholm earned his first caps for Finland's men's national team during the 2002–03 Euro Hockey Tour. In 2004, he competed in his first World Championship with Team Finland and also made the roster for the 2005 and 2007 World Championships, winning silver in 2007.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

In June 2016, a couple of weeks after he put an end to his playing career, Söderholm was named development coach of EHC München of the German top-flight Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).[5] In May 2017, he took over the head coaching job at SC Riessersee (SCR), München's affiliate in Germany's second-tier league DEL2.[6] He guided SCR to the DEL2 finals in spring 2018, where they lost to Bietigheim.[7] Söderholm earned DEL2 Coach of the Year honors for the 2017–18 season.[8] SCR had to file for insolvency and therefore was relegated to the Oberliga before the start of the 2018–19 campaign. However, Söderholm stayed on the job. On December 20, 2018, Söderholm was named the new head coach of the German men's national team.[9]

TeamsEdit


Medal record
Representing   Finland
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
  2007 Russia

Honours and accoladesEdit

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 HIFK FIN U18 25 2 6 8 12 1 0 1 1 0
1995–96 Trinity College School CISAA
1996–97 Trinity College School CISAA
1997–98 HIFK FIN U20 29 2 5 7 22
1998–99 UMass Minutemen HE 35 1 8 9 64
1999–2000 UMass Minutemen HE 32 3 12 15 32
2000–01 UMass Minutemen HE 24 1 7 8 23
2001–02 UMass Minutemen HE 33 2 15 17 28
2002–03 HIFK SM-l 52 8 15 23 49 4 0 2 2 4
2003–04 HIFK SM-l 56 16 21 37 72 11 1 1 2 4
2004–05 HIFK SM-l 51 5 19 24 30 5 0 1 1 2
2005–06 SC Bern NLA 44 12 12 24 38 6 0 1 1 8
2006–07 SC Bern NLA 40 7 14 21 44 17 4 5 9 14
2007–08 Frölunda HC SEL 53 6 14 20 66 7 0 2 2 0
2008–09 Frölunda HC SEL 36 3 7 10 53
2008–09 HIFK SM-l 7 2 1 3 29 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 HIFK SM-l 55 5 16 21 34 6 1 3 4 2
2010–11 HIFK SM-l 55 5 20 25 62 16 4 6 10 12
2011–12 HIFK SM-l 60 8 39 47 66 4 2 0 2 2
2012–13 HIFK SM-l 53 4 23 27 84 8 2 3 5 4
2013–14 HIFK Liiga 49 6 22 28 32 2 0 0 0 0
2014–15 HIFK Liiga 25 1 11 12 24 8 1 3 4 6
2015–16 EHC München DEL 50 6 20 26 66 14 2 4 6 22
SM-l totals 463 60 187 247 482 66 11 19 30 36

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Finland WC 6th 7 0 0 0 6
2005 Finland WC 7th 3 0 0 0 0
2007 Finland WC   9 0 1 1 4
Senior totals 19 0 1 1 10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Toni Söderholm Bio – University of Massachusetts Official Athletic Site". www.umassathletics.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  2. ^ "EHC Munchen bring Toni Soderholm to the DEL" (in German). EHC München. 2015-04-07. Retrieved 2015-04-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "HBL: Toni Söderholm avslutar spelarkarriären – fick nytt jobb i Tyskland". svenska.yle.fi. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  4. ^ "FIN – Finland" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  5. ^ "Toni Söderholm rückt in den Trainerstab". ehcrb. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  6. ^ "EHC Red Bull München". www.redbullmuenchen.de. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  7. ^ "Söderholm und die Vize-Meisterschaft: "Heiliger Scheiß"". www.merkur.de (in German). 2018-04-23. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  8. ^ "DEL2 Spieler des Jahres 2017/18: Andreas Driendl". www.scriessersee.de. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  9. ^ Ryberg, Michael (2018-12-20). "Eishockey-Bundestrainer: Der neue Sturm heißt Söderholm". www.nrz.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-12-20.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marko Tuulola
Winner of the Pekka Rautakallio trophy
2003–04
Succeeded by
Ilkka Mikkola