The former lion captain is responsible for special situation gaming, among other things.
NHL career last season decided Mikko Koivu, 38, joins the coaching team of the Finnish national team under the age of 20. Birch’s responsibilities include special situations and personal assistance to players.
“I am very excited about this opportunity. Lions have always been a matter of the heart for me. I can’t wait to get to know the players and help them, ”Koivu said in a statement from the Hockey Association.
A place in the coaching group opened when Tuomo Ruutu moved to NHL coaching the Florida Panthers.
“We mapped the head coach Antti Pennanen situation when it became clear that Tuomo could not continue with the Young Lions. Mikko’s heart beats for the national team and he has a huge amount of experience from which our young players can draw, ”U20 team GM Kimmo Oikarinen stated in a press release.