Ben­nett and Parkkila join coach­ing staff

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ben­jamin Arthur

The Avalanche hired Ray Ben­nett as an as­sis­tant coach and Jussi Parkkila as a goal­tend­ing coach, the team an­nounced Fri­day.

Ben­nett, 55, was an as­sis­tant coach for the St. Louis Blues for the last 10 sea­sons. He has also been a high per­for­mance/video man­ager for the Cana­dian Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, help­ing Canada earn two sil­ver medals — at the 1998 Win­ter Olympics and 1999 world junior WIIHF world championships, re­spec­tively — as well as a gold medal at the 1999 women’s IIHF world championships.

Parkkila, 40, has been a goal­tend­ing coach in Europe for the past 12 years. The Fin­land na­tive coached two years in his home coun­try’s top league, Li­iga, and five in Rus­sia’s KHL. He spent last sea­son coach­ing goalies for Aus­tria’s Grazz 99ers.

“Ray brings a tremen­dous amount of NHL ex­pe­ri­ence and hockey knowl­edge to our team, and Jussi has a proven track record of work­ing with goal­tenders,” said Avalanche ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager Joe Sa­kic in a state­ment re­leased by the team. “They’re a great com­ple­ment to our cur­rent coach­ing staff, and we’re ex­cited to have them join our or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

In May, the Avalanche an­nounced as­sis­tants Tim Army, Dave Far­rish and Fran­cois Al­laire wouldn’t re­turn to head coach Jared Bed­nar’s staff. The trio of as­sis­tants were holdovers from the Pa­trick Roy-led staff.

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